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Coronavirus infections out of control in Turkey

At the current pace, with coronavirus infections increasing 50% every two weeks, a new wave of the pandemic is inevitable.

Daily coronavirus infections in Turkey, which at the beginning of the month had stabilised at around 5,000 positive cases a day, appear to be completely out of control after a new record was set in the last 24 hours approaching 20,000 infections in a single day, the highest number since the beginning of May.

According to data published late on Tuesday by the Turkish Ministry of Health, the Eurasian country registered another 19,761 coronavirus positives in the last 24 hours, while another 51 people died as a result of COVID-19. These positivity rates had not been reached since last May 7, when Turkish authorities registered 20,107 new infections in a single day.

The increase in coronavirus cases occurs after the mass exodus to holiday destinations on the coast on the occasion of the Feast of Sacrifice, and after on July 1, the Turkish government began a new phase against the coronavirus by lifting the most of the restrictions that were still in effect.

Addressing citizens, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca asked them “not to compromise the ability to control the pandemic.” “We have to get vaccinated and follow the rules,” insisted Koca, aware that many of the infections occur due to non-compliance with measures such as the mandatory use of a mask, maintenance of social distance or hand washing.

Turkey will face a new wave of the pandemic in August

However, many experts point to greater mobility with the end of the restrictions as one of the main culprits, along with the rejection by some citizens of the vaccine, especially in the eastern provinces, a region with a less urbanised population and with larger families.

The conclusion is clear: if the current trend continues, with the number of infections growing by 50% every two weeks, Turkey will face a new wave of the pandemic in August, which will probably be led by the Delta (Indian) variant of the virus, much more contagious than the British one and of which hundreds of cases have already been registered in the country.

Turkey has already supplied about 70 million vaccines to its population since mid-January; more than 40 million people of the 83 million inhabitants of the country have received a dose, and 24.8 million have received both doses. But if coronavirus infections remain out of control in Turkey and the country does not vaccinate at least 70% of its population with both doses, the long-awaited herd immunity will not be achieved, and a new wave will be inevitable.