Turkey’s COVID-19 cases up by over 5 times compared to April: minister

The number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey increased by more than five times compared to the figures in April, the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.

“Compared to the previous peak in April, there is a five-fold increase in the number of daily cases and a 55-percent increase in the number of deaths,” he said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, a total of 216 health workers died due to the infection in Turkey, he said, noting that the number of the medical staff diagnosed with the coronavirus exceeded 120,000, more than 10 percent of the total health workers, the minister stated.

Turkey reported 31,712 new COVID-19 cases, including 6,213 symptomatic patients, as the total number of symptomatic coronavirus patients in the country increased to 558,517, the Turkish health ministry announced on Wednesday.

The death toll from coronavirus in Turkey rose by 217 to 15,531, while the total recoveries climbed to 447,361 after 5,846 more patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients stands at 3.1 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 5,901 in the country.

A total of 204,411 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests reaching 20,294,377.

Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case on March 11.