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Coronavirus infections do not decrease, warns Health Minister

Experts warn that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen with the arrival of autumn, and that we may return to confinement.

Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, has warned that the curve of contagion of the coronavirus in Turkey is not only not decreasing but also continues to increase, which makes many experts fear about the arrival of tougher measures and new confinements as winter is coming, especially November and December.

“More than 60 people have lost their lives,” Koca said late on Monday, reporting as every day the pandemic data for the last 24 hours. “We cannot fight one by one but together we can win,” insisted the minister, urging citizens once again to follow protective measures against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to remain united and in solidarity against the pandemic.

That same Monday, the Turkish Health Minister held several meetings by online video conference with health officials in the Anatolian provinces of Ankara, İzmir, Kayseri, Çankırı and Adıyaman, where a greater increase in the transmission of the virus is being recorded. During the meetings, the situation in the intensive care units in those provinces was addressed, as well as the measures to be taken to stop infections.

The arrival of autumn will worsen COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Afşin Emre Kayıpmaz, a Turkish expert who is part of the Scientific Council of the Health Ministry, has also sounded the alarm about the increase in new cases and patients admitted in critical condition to hospitals, warning that as autumn arrives, the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic will worsen as people will spend more time in closed spaces.

“The positive side is that this year’s use of face masks and social distancing will help contain seasonal respiratory infections,” Kayıpmaz told the Turkish daily Hürriyet; the expert however warned that if the public does not comply with the security measures against the coronavirus, infections will continue to increase and there will be no choice but to return to restrictions and confinements.

According to the latest data provided by the Turkish Health Minister, 1,716 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 24 hours in the country, continuing the upward trend that began in August, while 63 people died from COVID- 19, bringing the total deaths from the pandemic to 7,119. The rate of COVID-19 patients developing pneumonia is 7.1%, Koca noted.