Turkey reports record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

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Turkey reported the highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The 318 deaths confirmed within 24 hours brought the death toll from pandemics to 35,926. The Ministry of Health also reported 55,802 new confirmed cases, bringing Turkey’s total to near 4.3 million.

Weekly data, also released on Sunday, showed northwestern Canakkale province with Turkey’s highest infection rate of 962.98 cases per 100,000 people.

Turkey has seen an increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths since the government eased virus control restrictions in early March when the average number of confirmed cases averaged below 10,000. The government has attributed the rising numbers to coronavirus variants.

A partial closure was reintroduced on April 13, including an extended weekday curfew, a return to online education, and a ban on unnecessary intercity travel.

Previously, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also re-imposed the lockdown on the weekend and ordered the closure of restaurants and cafes during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey, which has a population of nearly 84 million, has administered 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

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