Turkey, Istanbul, coronavirus pandemic

Turkey lives the last days of the coronavirus pandemic

In the last 24 hours, coronavirus infections fell below 1,500 daily cases, and only 3 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded.

Turkey is living the last days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, assured this week, while the number of infections continues to fall to minimum levels and has already fallen below 1,500 cases per day.

“We have fought a great battle against the pandemic by acting together and in solidarity, and I think we will see its end,” the minister said during a press conference organized on Tuesday in Ankara together with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Teymur Musayev, where Koca also highlighted the success of the vaccine developed in Turkey against COVID-19, Turkovac.

“We have the well-deserved pride of being a country that has developed its own vaccine,” stressed Koca, who thanked the neighbouring country for helping in the development of Turkovac: at the beginning of last March, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to conduct part of the phase III trials of the Turkish vaccine in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, being the first clinical research carried out by Turkey in a foreign country.

The most recent data announced late yesterday by the Turkish Ministry of Health shows that in the last 24 hours, 1,443 new infections were registered across the country, with only 3 deaths recorded from COVID-19, while 1,274 patients received discharge on the last day in Turkey, where a total of 135,563 coronavirus tests were carried out.

At the end of April, the Turkish government decreed the end of mandatory masks in indoor spaces, with the exception of hospitals and public transport; but already then, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced that if infections fell below 1,000 positives per day, the end of the mandatory mask would be decreed in all areas, which would practically signal the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey.