Turkey’s COVID-19 infections rise again

Turkey confirmed 1,178 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily tally since July 3 when 1,172 cases were recorded, after it had hovered below 1,000 a day for more than three weeks, state-run Anadolu news agency said

Official figures indicate the new coronavirus has killed 5,784 people and infected 236,112 in Turkey, putting the country 17th globally in numbers of confirmed infections according to worldometers.info.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Tuesday that the 1,083 new COVID-19 cases represented a “severe” rise after the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Meanwhile, doctors in Turkey’s coronavirus hotspots say hospitals are filling up with more cases than are reflected in the official nationwide count.

The daily number of coronavirus infections just in the Turkish capital Ankara is around 1,000 and intensive care units in the city’s hospitals are reaching full capacity, according to the Ankara Medical Chamber.

The head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB)'s southestern Diyarbakır branch, Elif Turan, said on Tuesday that Diyarbakır and Urfa are each recording an average of some 300 new cases daily – higher than the official figures for the entire region, which includes a total of nine provinces.

Turkey has been hit hard by the pandemic, and health experts say that infections and deaths may start to rise again. Lockdowns and restrictions on population movements were eased at the start of June.