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Brazilian and South African strains of coronavirus detected in Turkey

Coronavirus infections have increased again and now exceed 8,000 daily positives.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed late Wednesday that several cases of the Brazilian and South African strains of coronavirus had been detected in the country; scientists suspect they could be more contagious and lethal than that detected in the UK.

As Koca explained after attending a meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Council, for now two positive cases of the South African strain and one of the Brazilian strain have been detected, while the number of infections detected to date of the British strain already amount to 196.

“The patients who contracted the variants of the virus, as well as their contacts, have been quarantined,” said the minister, underlining that daily coronavirus infections are increasing again after several weeks of continuous decline. “The increase in infections requires us to act even more cautiously. Let’s stay away from crowded places and avoid crowds” Koca warned.

According to Turkish health authorities, to date coronavirus mutations have been detected in 23 of the country’s 81 provinces; last week the number of provinces in Turkey with cases of the new SARS-CoV-2 strains was 17, with 129 confirmed positives with the British strain.

Coronavirus infections are on the rise again

During the last week the number of daily infections in Turkey has gone from around 6,000 daily cases – which had led the government to announce a relaxation of restrictions – to more than 8,000 positives a day. In the last 24 hours, 8,101 new cases have been detected, 632 of them patients with symptoms, and another 117 deaths from COVID-19 were registered, amounting to 26,354 the total deaths since the start of the pandemic.

To date, Turkey has vaccinated about 2.5 million people, mainly health workers and those over 65 years of age. The country has suspended flights with several countries to prevent the arrival of new COVID-19 mutations and has begun to carry out additional tests on positive cases of coronavirus to detect whether they are infected with the British, Brazilian or South African strains of the coronavirus.