With 32 new deaths, Turkey’s virus toll rises to 4,340

Turkey’s health minister announces 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death to in the countryl to 4,340.

Fahrettin Koca also tweets that there were 1,141 new infections confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections has reached 156,827.

Turkey ranks ninth in a global tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts believe the number of infections could be much higher than reported. More than 118,000 people have recovered, according to the health ministry statistics.

The Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a time of gathering, was marked by a nationwide lockdown, the first of its kind in Turkey to combat the coronavirus. Previous weekend and holiday lockdowns affected a maximum of 31 out of 81 provinces.

Senior citizens above 65 are allowed out for a few hours for a third time Sunday. People under 20 and above 65 have been under full lockdown, but days and times outside have been allotted according to age groups, as part of easing efforts.


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