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Coronavirus infections decline in Turkey

About 5,000 coronavirus positives were registered on Sunday, 1,000 less than on Saturday, thanks to vaccination.

Turkey registered 5,012 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, only 454 of them with symptoms of COVID-19, according to the latest data provided yesterday Sunday night by the Health Ministry, which confirms the decline in coronavirus infections.

In fact, the number of positives for coronavirus registered in Turkey the previous day – Saturday – had been 6,076, so the decrease in infections seems to be quite pronounced as vaccination progresses in the Eurasian country. Even so, in the last 24 hours there were 53 new deaths in Turkey from COVID-19, raising to 48,721 the death toll since the start of the pandemic.

Just yesterday, the Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced through Twitter the start of vaccination for the population aged 40 and over, complying with the calendar set for June. “If you are 40 or older, you can make an appointment (for the vaccine) from this morning. We expect 100% participation,” said Koca.

Turkey has registered 5.33 million coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data. Since vaccination began in January, 33.7 million doses of the Sinovac or Pfizer vaccine have been given: more than 20 million Turks have received their first dose, and some 13.7 million have received both doses; just in the past week, more than 3 million people were vaccinated in Turkey.