Istanbul during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Turkey registers 7,680 infections and 66 deaths in 24 hours

The expansion of the Delta variant and traveling due the holidays could be behind the increase in coronavirus infections.

Turkey registered 7,680 new coronavirus infections and 66 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the most recent data released late yesterday by the Ministry of Health of the Eurasian country, which also indicated that 5,835 patients received the discharge on the last day after overcoming the disease.

The data show a slightly upward trend coinciding with the mass displacements due to the start of a long 9-day holiday for the celebration of the Feast of the Sacrifice, one of the most important on the Muslim calendar, despite the fact that since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in January, Turkey provided 63.32 million doses of the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

According to figures from the Turkish Ministry of Health, 38.94 million of Turks have already received their first dose of the vaccine (62.74% of the country’s adult population), while more than 20.74 million have two doses of the vaccine, which can be requested by all citizens and residents of Turkey 18 years old on. More than 5.55 million doses were administered in the past week alone.

Despite the good progress of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, there is concern in Turkey about the spread of the so-called Delta variant, originating in India and 60% more contagious than the British one. Despite the fact that the Turkish government suspended flights with that country at the beginning of the month, experts estimate that due to its high transmissibility, by the end of August 90% of all coronavirus infections in Turkey will be of the Indian strain.