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Patients admitted to ICU due to coronavirus increase in Turkey

Data on patients admitted to intensive care show a 40% increase in ICU admissions compared to the beginning of June, as well as a 30% increase in intubated patients.

The number of patients admitted to the ICU due to the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey has increased to 893, the highest number for the month: experts attribute these data to the increase in infections after the end of confinement measures. They are the negative side of the good data registered so far regarding patients recovered from the disease of COVID-19.

As announced by the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca late Tuesday, 27 other patients have died in the last 24 hours in the country due to the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to date to 5,001; likewise, in the last 24 hours, 42,982 tests were performed -surpassing the 3 million tests carried out since March- which confirmed 1,268 new positives, bringing registered cases to 190,165.

The minister also added that in the last day another 1,315 COVI-19 patients have been discharged, totalling so far 162,848 recovered patients, bringing the number of real active cases to below 30,000. However, the data on patients admitted to intensive care are not good, and show a 40% increase in ICU admissions compared to the beginning of June, as well as 30% more patients intubated.

A report prepared by scientists and published by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet shows that this upward trend in new infections, which has been observed since the government ended most of restrictions on June 1, is no longer occurring only in Istanbul, but also in other cities: a phenomenon that experts attribute to factors such as the end of the quarantine imposed on minors and those over 65.

Professor Ateş Kara, member of the National Scientific Council against Coronavirus, believes that the increase in patients admitted to the ICU is a consequence of the increase in infections observed in recent days, when around 1,500 new cases have been maintained daily; however, Kara believes that the relative decrease in infections in recent days will also be noticed in a decrease in patients in intensive care.