April 14, 2021: Turkey reports over 62,000 COVID-19 cases
A total of 62,797 cases, including 2,802 symptomatic patients, were confirmed across the country, according to the Health Ministry.
April 13, 2021: Turkey welcomes Ramadan with tight measures against COVID-19
Gone are the mass street dinners where people traditionally come together, under new rules for 81 provinces.
The public will also be warned not to host sahur dinners, a pre-dawn meal before starting the fast at home, as the majority of cases in the country is either blamed on household get-togethers and/or new variants.
Currently, citizens are allowed only to go out for shopping during a 56-hour lockdown that starts at 9 p.m. every Friday and ends at 5 a.m. Monday.
For Ramadan, when restaurants brim with customers during iftar times, businesses have been ordered to only serve home delivery.
As a special measure for Ramadan, authorities also closed mosques to tarawih prayers, a collective prayer performed every evening throughout the month. The public is also cautioned not to perform the prayers in groups at home.
April 13, 2021: Turkey: 85% of new COVID-19 cases due to UK variant
Some 85% of new COVID-19 cases across Turkey are due to the UK variant, the country’s health minister said on Monday, urging people to take further steps to stem the virus’ spread.
Out of Turkey’s 81 provinces, “the South Africa COVID-19 variant is seen in 285 people in 11 provinces, while the Brazil strain is seen in 166 people in nine provinces,” Fahrettin Koca told a news conference following the Coronavirus Science Board Meeting.
April 12, 2021: Turkey reports over 50,000 COVID-19 cases
A total of 50,678 cases, including 2,548 symptomatic patients, were confirmed across the country. Turkey’s overall case tally stands at over 3.8 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 33,939, with 237 fatalities over the past day.
April 3, 2021: More than 40,000 new cases per day
Health Ministry of Turkey reported on April 1 more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike in the country since the beginning of the outbreak.
A total of 40,806 cases, including 1,424 symptomatic patients, were registered across the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 3.3 million. The nationwide death toll has reached 31,713 with 176 more fatalities over the past day.
As many as 20,817 more patients won the battle against the disease, raising the number of recoveries to over 3 million.
More than 38.8 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in Turkey to date, with 243,738 done since April 1.