Turkey, coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus infections rise in Istanbul and Ankara

There is concern about the increase in infections by the virus in Istanbul, Ankara, Gaziantep, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Konya and Bursa. Globally, the pandemic is out of control in America and Africa.

The two main cities of Turkey, Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, are among the 7 cities where in recent days there has been a greater increase in cases of infection by coronavirus, according to the latest data provided by the country’s Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca.

In addition to Istanbul and Ankara, the other cities where a greater increase in COVID-19 infections has recently been observed are Gaziantep, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Konya and Bursa, although the minister did not offer details regarding the transmission rates. Last week Koca had warned that only Istanbul -one of the largest cities in Europe with 16 million inhabitants- accumulates around 54% of all infections by the new virus.

As reported by Koca on Sunday afternoon, as of July 5, 1,127 patients had been admitted to Turkey in intensive care due to COVID-19 in Turkish hospitals, compared to 1,093 on July 4 and 1,082 on July 3, confirming the increase in patients admitted to ICU because of coronavirus. There are currently some 25,000 active cases in Turkey, which ranks 14th worldwide for registered cases.

Koca also warned over the weekend that the latest indicators on the coronavirus in Turkey are cause for concern, and again called on public to comply with hygiene, social distancing and mask use standards to keep the virus under control. “We must remain vigilant,” insisted the minister.

Globally, the coronavirus pandemic continues to increase to alarming levels and has already infected almost 11.5 million people and caused more than half a million deaths, although the actual number could be much higher. Of particular concern is the situation in the United States, Brazil, India, as well as in many countries in the Americas and Africa, where the COVID-19 pandemic is out of control. In the US alone, 40,000 new cases are registered daily.