Turkey registers record COVID-19 death toll of 362, over 60,000 new cases

Turkey on Wednesday registered 362 deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the country’s highest to date, according to health ministry data.

A total of 61, 967 new cases of coronavirus were logged during the same time, brining the total number of cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 to 4,446,591.

The total number of deaths in the country due to the deadly virus has hit 36, 975.

The country continues to rank fourth globally in the number of daily infections based on a weekly average, Reuters reported.

A total of 3,398 people remain in critical condition in the country, where hospital bed occupancy is at 56.3 percent and emergency rooms at 69.1 percent, the health ministry said.

Following a recent hike in cases, Turkey last week issued increased pandemic measures to last the first two weeks of the month of Ramadan, which began on April 13.

The measures include increased curfew, from 7 p.m.- 5 a.m., during which inter-city travel is banned, as well as weekend curfews in high-risk cities, such as Istanbul and capital Ankara.