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Over 2,300 recover from COVID-19 in 24 hours: Turkey

Anadolu Agency TURKEY
Published July 01,2020
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More than 2,300 people recovered from the novel coronavirus in Turkey over the past 24 hours, according to the country's health minister on Wednesday.

A total of 2,311 COVID-19 patients recovered from the virus, bringing the total number to 175,422, Fahrettin Koca said following a scientific committee meeting in the capital Ankara.

Turkey registered 1,192 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day and the total number of infections nationwide reached 201,098, showed the data.

The country's death toll from the coronavirus rose to 5,150, with 19 new fatalities reported over the last 24 hours.

Healthcare professionals conducted over 52,000 tests for the disease since Monday, raising the overall count to over 3.43 million.

Nearly 54% of all COVID-19 patients in the country are in the metropolis İstanbul, Koca said.

He noted that there had been decreasing trend in the average age of COVID-19 cases over the last month, with most cases occurring between the ages of 25 and 45.

Koca stressed that the idea that the virus had weakened and that its spread had slowed was misleading and lacked scientific evidence.

"Anyone who is conscious about the COVID-19 pandemic and complies with the rules is a hero that saves lives in today's conditions," he added.

TRAVEL FROM GERMANY TO TURKEY

Koca said Germany may demand that its treatment protocols be applied to its citizens who travel to Turkey.

Turkey conducts an average of 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day with mortality rate below all European countries, he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his German counterpart Heiko Maas are scheduled to meet in Berlin on Thursday to discuss tourism, and travel restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Germany decided last month to lift its global travel warning for EU member states and associated countries, but extended it for all the other countries until the end of August.

Berlin's decision drew criticism from Ankara, with Turkish officials stressing that Turkey managed the pandemic better than many European countries and that its tourism facilities were safer than those in Europe.

Turkey is one of the most popular travel destinations for German holiday makers. Nearly 5 million German tourists traveled to Turkey last year.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 512,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since it originated in China last December.

The US, Brazil, Russia, and India are currently the worst-hit countries in the world.

More than 10.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported around the world so far, with recoveries exceeding 5.38 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.