Turkish Ministry of Health announces record daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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For the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily increase in cases in Turkey exceeded 60 thousand.Information follows from the daily report of the Turkish Ministry of Health on the situation with COVID-19 in the country, published on Wednesday, April 14.

According to the report, over the past day, 310 420 tests for COVID-19 were done in the republic, 62 727 cases of the disease were detected, and 279 people died.

For the entire time of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey, more than 4 million cases of the disease have been detected, the total number of deaths has reached 34,734.

The day before, on April 13, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced tougher measures on COVID-19 in the country due to the worsening epidemiological situation.

The measures are limiting outdoor use from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, and a ban on unnecessary international travel is being introduced. The measures took effect on April 14. According to the new restrictions, the work of sports and fitness clubs has been suspended, catering establishments will only operate takeaway. Mass events are also prohibited.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 12 that the republic is currently experiencing the most difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that about 85% of COVID-19 cases in the republic are caused by the British strain of coronavirus infection.

On the same day, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, at a briefing on the situation with COVID-19, said that the British strain of coronavirus had been detected in each of the 81 provinces of Turkey. As Popova clarified, Russians bring a variety of COVID-19 strains from this country and 80% of COVID-19 cases come from the republic.

In turn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova said that Russia restricts regular and charter flights with Turkey for the period from April 15 to June 1. At the moment, about 30 thousand Russian tourists may be in the republic.