Turkey records 16 deaths as survey reveals majority trust domestic vaccination for COVID-19

Turkey on Monday announced 1,086 new cases and 16 deaths linked to COVID-19, raising the country’s death toll to 5,241.

Heath Minister Fahrettin Koca, in his daily update on Twitter, said the country was seeing quick increases in infections, but slower rates of decline in cases.

“The reason why our new daily cases have risen to over 1,000 is because protective measures are not being followed. Today, 16 loss of lives caused preventable causes. How many are we there against the pandemic?” Koca tweeted on Monday.

Turkey has seen a steep resurgence of infections over the past few weeks.

With the latest figures, the country’s infection toll has reached 206,844. A total of 1,130 people are currently in intensive care and 395 remain on respirators. Since Sunday night, 2,315 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

The growing numbers are raising concerns that the easing of pandemic measures, which began last month, could be compromising efforts to contain the outbreak.

Meanwhile, a new survey by İpsos polling company has revealed that 58 percent of Turks are ready to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on condition that it is produced in Turkey.

Twenty-one percent of the participants said they would receive a vaccine produced in Europe, with the figure dropping to 14 percent if the vaccine is developed in South Korea or Japan, Diken news site reported on Monday.

Twelve percent of those surveyed gave a green light to a vaccine produced in Russia and only 10 per cent said yes to a Chinese-produced vaccine. Almost half of those surveyed, 48 percent, most of whom are university graduates, believe that COVID-19 is a human-manufactured virus.