Turkey reports over 9,800 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey reports over 9,800 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey reported 9,809 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, according to Health Ministry data.

Among the fresh cases, 983 symptomatic patients were confirmed across the country.

Turkey's overall case tally topped 2.34 million, including 23,152 deaths with 171 new fatalities recorded over the past day.

As many as 10,013 more patients have recovered in the country, raising the total past 2.21 million.

More than 26.55 million COVID-19 tests have been carried out in Turkey to date, with 179,208 done over the past 24 hours.

The latest figures show that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition has dropped to 2,701, Anadolu Agency reported.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca welcomed the drop in daily symptomatic cases to under 1,000 after a long time since Aug. 3, when there were 995 cases.

"The number of patients in critical condition continues to drop," Koca said on Twitter, adding that Turkey would soon start vaccinations while restrictions and measures stay in place.