Turkey's COVID-19 tests pass 5m mark

Turkey's COVID-19 tests pass 5m mark

Turkey has run over 5 million coronavirus tests since its outbreak in the country in early March, the country's health minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Health care professionals conducted 53,842 tests for COVID-19 over the past day, raising the tally to over 5.02 million, Koca said on Twitter.

A total of 1,015 more people won their battle against COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally of recoveries to 219,506.

Citing Health Ministry data, Koca said that 1,178 more people contracted coronavirus in the past day, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 236,112.

The country's death toll from the disease rose to 5,784, with 19 new fatalities registered in the last 24 hours, Anadolu Agency reported.

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