Turkey, map of coronavirus cases

Turkey registers 86,000 infections by coronavirus

Turkey remains one of the countries in the world with the lowest mortality rate from coronavirus. The rate of new infections has fallen by a third, and the patients discharged have multiplied by three.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey has reached 86,306, according to the latest data announced late Sunday by Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, while the death toll stands at 2,017 despite Turkey still being one of the countries in the world with the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate.

Koca also pointed out that in the last 24 hours 1,523 new patients had been discharged, so the total number of people who had overcome the disease stood at 11,976 on April 19th. Currently there are 1,922 patients admitted to intensive care units, while 1,031 remain intubated due to respiratory problems, he explained.

In addition, in the last 24 hours 35,344 tests were carried out, with which there are already 634,277 virus detection tests carried out to date in Turkey, also placing this country in the first positions worldwide.

“The care we are taking in our measurements is paying off. Trust the power of our healthcare system. Don’t neglect your precautions. As we increase our daily ability to test, your responsible behaviour will also reduce the number of new cases.” said the minister.

The rate of new infections falls a third

The latest data also confirm that the number of new infections continues to drop, and in fact the rate of infections has decreased by a third in just one week, from 15% to 9% since the previous week, even though the continous increasing in the number of daily tests. In addition, the rate of patients who overcome the virus and are discharged has also multiplied by more than three.

Regarding the mortality rate, since the first death was recorded in Turkey on March 17th until April 18th, it has been an average of 2.29%. Outside Turkey, around 350 Turkish citizens residing abroad have died from the coronavirus since the global pandemic broke out, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in remarks to television this weekend.

Çavuşoğlu reported that more than 25,000 Turkish citizens have been brought back to Turkey from 74 countries since the outbreak of the new virus broke out, adding that another 105 flights are planned to repatriate Turks from 72 countries before Ramadan begins later this week.

Quarantine measures could end after Ramadan

As reported by the Turkish press this weekend, the Turkish authorities are already working on possible plans to ease the restrictions, after a few days ago the Health Minister pointed out that Turkey could reach the peak of the pandemic within 7 to 10 days, and that the number of new cases could begin to fall in two or three weeks.

Koca suggested that if the forecasts are met, it will be possible to start lifting restrictions and ending some of the quarantine measures in late May to coincide with the end of the fast for Ramadan. However, it will be necessary to wait for the evolution of the coronavirus in Turkey, since while the authorities believe that Istanbul is close to reaching the peak of new infections, Ankara and İzmir are still far from reaching that point.