Turkish COVID-19 cases near 30,000 daily

Turkey registered 29,338 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, reaching the highest level since late April. Deaths totalled 260 on the same day, the Health Ministry said.

Cases climbed above 20,000 daily in late July, after the government ended daily curfews and travel restrictions at the start that month. New cases numbered less than 5,000 per day in early July.

Turkey is experiencing a critical period in regard of the pandemic, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Koca urged the citizens to be careful in social environments.

“Use your masks and get vaccinated,” he said via Twitter on Tuesday.

The country has vaccinated some 42.64 million adults with two doses, according to Health Ministry data. Turkey has a population of around 85 million people, meaning the number equates to some 50.2 percent of citizens.

In the EU, the full inoculation rate among all age groups stands at 61.5 percent, according to ourworldindata.org.

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