Istanbul, coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus infections continue to decline in Turkey

The number of daily coronavirus infections in Turkey continues declining after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry of the Eurasian country, which late yesterday indicated that in the last 24 hours 10,314 new cases had been detected and 41 deaths had been registered, in addition to 14,332 patients discharged.

The day before, Tuesday, the Turkish authorities had announced 12,213 infections in the last 24 hours and 37 deaths, which would confirm the decrease in new cases that has been detected in recent weeks. On Monday, the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca himself released the data for the week of March 19 to 25 in the three most populous provinces (Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir), noting a significant drop in infections.

Specifically, the number of infections compared to the previous week fell from 239 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 196 cases in Istanbul, from 395 to 290 in the capital (Ankara), and from 247 to 113 in the Aegean province of İzmir, the third most populous in the country.

To date, Turkey has administered more than 147 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine; about 53 million Turks have received the full vaccination schedule, and 27.6 million have received at least a third booster dose.

Thanks to the good evolution of the pandemic and the decrease in coronavirus infections in Turkey, in early March the country’s Health Minister announced that the mask is no longer mandatory outdoors, and neither indoors if there is adequate ventilation and social distancing can be maintained, including at schools; however, its use continues to be compulsory on public transport, in places such as cinemas or theatres, and also in health centres.