Mar 25, 2020 07:25 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 25, 2020 08:42 Asia/Tehran]
  • Turkey tightens restrictions to curb coronavirus as its death toll hikes

Turkey confirmed seven more deaths from coronavirus on late Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 44.

Iran Press/Asia: Turkey confirmed seven more deaths from coronavirus on late Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 44.

Turkish officials have announced that Seven people died from COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the death toll to 44, and the official number of cases has reached 1,872.

At a news conference on Monday, the Health Minister of Turkey, Fahrettin Koca said cases have been recorded “across all of Turkey” and acknowledged that local transmission of the virus now exceeds direct or indirect infection from overseas.

“How many people [contracted the virus]? In 195 countries, this question is asked every day. Although we have losses, it is not late for Turkey,” he said, stressing that one of the patients was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and the other fatalities were elderly.

Turkey distributed a new drug from China to 40 cities today that promises to reduce the treatment of the disease to just four days but has not disclosed the name of the medicine. China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged late last year, is also providing Turkey with up to 1 million fast-acting diagnostic kits to expand testing, which has been conducted on 24,000 patients to date.

The Interior Ministry announced new rules for grocery stores and public transportation, limiting supermarkets’ operating hours to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and customers to one person per 10 square meters of floor space. Buses within towns and between cities are only allowed to sell tickets at half capacity under the decree.

Out of more than 409,000 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 18,200, while nearly 106,500 have recovered.

Italy, China, Iran, and Spain continue to be the most affected countries.

Despite the rising number of cases, a vast majority of those infected by the virus suffer mild symptoms and recover. 101/212

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