COVID-19: Turkey appears to be the new epicenter

Cases rise to 82,329 in Turkey

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Turkey has passed Iran for the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Middle East region with a total of 82,329 confirmed cases. A total of 3,783 positives were confirmed over the last 24 hours, according to the latest Turkish health ministry figures, a slight decrease from the previous week in which daily positives hovered around the 4,000 mark.

The daily number of deaths from the virus is 121, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,890. At least 1,894 people are receiving treatment in intensive care units, and 1,054 of those are intubated, the ministry said. The total number of patients who have recovered is 10,453 with 1,890 people discharged from the hospital Saturday after testing negative, according to the ministry figures. Turkey is under a weekend curfew that ends at midnight local time Sunday.

The interior ministry announced a 15-day extension of travel restrictions in place across 31 provinces which covers nearly two-thirds of the Turkish population.

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