Turkey breaks daily infections record

Turkey has passed 50,000 coronavirus infections per day, marking the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, dpa reported. The Health Ministry reported late Wednesday a total of 54,740 new coronavirus infections and 276 deaths in one day.

The country has been struggling to contain an uptick in infections since measures were relaxed in March. And now stricter measures such as weekend curfews will be applied once again in certain regions with high-risk of infection, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) blamed the government for the rising number of new cases. TTB chairwoman Sebnem Korur Fincanci had last week warned that hospitals were running out of room.

The total number of cases has crossed 3.6 million since last March, while the death toll is nearly 33,000. The nationwide inoculation campaign using Sinovac started on 14 January. More than 18 million doses have been administered since.

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