Leading medical official concerned as Turkey logs over 62,000 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey on Saturday registered 62,606 cases of COVID-19, with a leading medical professional expressing concern that the pandemic is spiralling out of control with record-backing infections.

The country in addition to registering its highest daily tally, logged 288 deaths linked to the deadly in the span of 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

The latest numbers rank Turkey fourth globally in number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally.

“Turkey’s health system is getting into a vicious cycle due to the mismanagement of the outbreak and lack of necessary measures,” Voice of America Turkish cited Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a top official at the Turkish Medical Association, as saying.

“Intensive care units are filling fast and medical officials are overworking,” Fincancı added.

According to the figures of the Turkish health ministry, the country lags behind the OECD average in inpatient bed availability.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday announced new restrictions across the country that include the nightly street curfew being moved forward by two hours to 7 p.m. and a ban on non-essential intercity travel, which doctors say is key to transmission.

Indoor dining at cafes and restaurants and weekend shopping hours had already limited to prevent socialising during the holy month of that began on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party

(CHP) has shut down all of its Istanbul offices, citing the pandemic.

All of CHP’s provincial and district headquarters in the city will be closed for a period of four weeks, a party spokesman announced on Twitter on Saturday.

The decision follows a report by the CHP’s Provincial Health Commission, calling for a complete shutdown of the offices, CHP Istanbul Provincial Secretary Oğuz Kemal Yakar said.

Istanbul on Friday evening began a weekend curfew as part of a two-week-long partial lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s most populous city.