Eighty percent of Turkey’s total COVID-19 cases have recovered - Health Ministry

Eighty percent of Turkey’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases have recovered since the country recorded its first patient on March 10, almost three months prior, according to the Health Ministry.

“80% of the total cases recovered,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday during his daily Twitter briefing. Health Ministry data showed 135,322 of Turkey’s 169,218 recorded patients have recovered from the coronavirus, including 1,922 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

“Most of the patients with a positive diagnosis have no symptoms and stay at home,” the minister said.

Turkey’s official death toll rose by 21 to 4,669 since Friday evening. Other notable data revealed 878 new cases were diagnosed from 35,846 administered tests within the same time frame.

Koca’s announcement came as Turkey saw its first lockdown-free weekend since April 10, leading to crowds at shopping malls and other public sites as the Turkish government eased its infection-preventing measures earlier this week.

The chairman of leading workers union Tez-Koop-İş, Haydar Özdemiroğlu warned against a resurgence in COVID-19 cases caused by increasingly relaxed shoppers during the easing of the measures.