Turkey’s daily COVID-19 cases exceed 29,000

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 cases has reached to a record high of 29,081 by Friday.

Within a week, country recorded 177,461 new cases, topping the total number of cases to 3,149,094 on March 26, Turkish Health Ministry data showed.

Deaths totalled 153 on Friday, bringing the death toll to 30,772.

Infections have spiked this month, after Turkey eased restrictions on the population at the beginning of March, including opening restaurants and cafes in Istanbul and many regions of the country.

Nationwide daily infections were less than 10,000, before the authorities announced plans to gradually end COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting weekend lockdowns in cities deemed at low and medium risk.

Over 8 million people have received a first dose of vaccine since Turkey began a mass roll-out in mid-January. Of those, a second dose has been administered to almost 6,5 million people.

100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will arrive to Turkey by the end of May, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, speaking after Thursday's coronavirus scientific advisory board meeting.

“With these new jabs, the vaccination process of 50 million people will be completed,” Koca said.