The worldwide epidemic of the Coronavirus is spreading rapidly. In Turkey, the country registered 2,069 cases within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 5,698 in less than 3 weeks.
Moreover, 17 new deaths from the virus have been recorded, bringing the total to 92, according to the Anadolu Agency.
Speaking at a conference, the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced that 7,533 tests were conducted within the last 24 hours, bringing the total tests to over 47,000.
He also said that 42 patients have been discharged after recovering and that 344 others were transferred to intensive care.
Despite the rising number of cases, most of the patients who were infected with the virus have been reported to have only been suffering from mild symptoms and are recovering.
The government of Turkey had officially announced on March 27th that the country will be on its first-ever lockdown across 12 population zones in the Black Sea provinces of Rize and Trabzon, in the wake of their largest surge of cases since the first case on March 10th.
The authorities are going to enforce a curfew in some of the towns and villages in two provinces. The town of Kenderli and 5 other nearby villages are among the locations that are going into lockdown, as announced by health officials.
According to Al-Monitor, Turkey’s health officials released a statement in which they said, “The residents are banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies until further notice,” and added that all non-essential businesses to shut down and that entry will be “strictly controlled.”
The number of Coronavirus cases has risen to 622,343 worldwide, as of March 28th (15:52 GMT) with 28,802 deaths and 137,373 recoveries, according to worldometers as of the time of writing.
It is the duty of all individuals today to help combat the virus by observing self-quarantine and proper hygiene habits in order to help health workers not have to make difficult moral and ethical decisions just as they had to do in Italy.
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