Turkey has world's second highest number of new COVID-19 infections

Turkey has world's second highest number of new COVID-19 infections

Thursday's figures from the Turkish Health Ministry show that Turkey has the second-highest number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, Ahval reports.

The country has diagnosed 4,801 new cases in the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said at his daily briefing, a figure surpassed only by the United States' 5,603 new cases.

The minister reported 125 new deaths after contracting coronavirus, bringing the toll to 1,643. A total of 1,415 patients have recovered since Koca’s last announcement.

Koca had said on Wednesday that Turkey’s infection rate was stabilising, suggesting that the outbreak could be under control.

But Sinan Adıyaman, head of the Turkish Medical Association (TBB), warned that, in contrast to the ministry’s claims, the scale of the outbreak remained unclear because diagnostic tests only had 55-60 percent accuracy rates and many patients had died with COVID-19 symptoms, but had been excluded from the death toll. 

“We receive information based on our members’ observations from across the country that the figures for cases and deaths are far higher,” Adıyaman said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had said on Tuesday that outbreaks were growing in Britain and Turkey.

"In fact, the WHO prediction is more accurate for Turkey. Because it is too early to say that we have taken control yet, even though healthcare professionals are working devotedly," Adıyaman said.

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