Turkish COVID-19 cases rise to more than 32,000 daily

Turkey recorded 32,404 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the highest number since December, while 154 people lost their lives after contracting the deadly virus, according to figures published by the Health Ministry.

There are currently 234,239 active cases of the coronavirus in the country, figures published by the ministry showed on Monday.

Turkey kicked off a vaccination drive to stem the spread of COVID-19 on Jan. 14, starting with healthcare workers and the elderly. Some 6.7 million people have been fully vaccinated to date, according to the ministry’s information platform. More than 15.4 million people have received at least one dose of the CoronaVac vaccine, produced by China’s SinoVac.

Turkey's coronavirus figures for March 29
Turkey's daily COVID-19 figures for March 29. Source: https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/

The number of daily cases of the virus have tripled since Turkey started to loosen restrictions on the population, including opening restaurants and cafes in many provinces, on March 1, when the number stood at just below 10,000.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, who has led Turkey’s battle against COVID-19, has not held a press conference since Feb. 25, choosing to issue a pre-recorded video message on March 11, the anniversary of Turkey’s first recorded case.

Turkey has lost a total of 31,230 people to the pandemic.