Turkey opens monitoring centers for COVID-19 patients

The Turkish health ministry started to open “COVID-19 Monitoring Centers” for the control and follow-up of the health status of patients who have had novel coronavirus infection.

The coronavirus patients will be monitored for at least two years at these centers, and possible health problems related to the infection will be intervened early, the health ministry said on Wednesday in a written statement.

Two of those facilities were already launched in the capital Ankara and the northwestern province of Eskisehir and more will be opened in 24 provinces.

Turkey reported on Wednesday 29,718 COVID-19 cases, including 4,893 symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 1,928,165, its health ministry announced.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 240 to 17,121, while the total recoveries climbed to 1,691,113 after 29,922 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours.

The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients stands at 2.9 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 5,960 in the country, said the ministry.

A total of 205,397 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests in Turkey reaching 21,695,592.

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