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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey increase to 20,921, death toll at 425: minister

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Turkey had 20,921 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday, with an increase of 2,786 in the last 24 hours, the health minister said, while the death toll grew by 69 to 425.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca posted a chart showing the latest figures in his daily briefing on Twitter after a meeting with a scientific board assisting the ministry.

According to the chart, 16,160 test results have come in since yesterday, and 484 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the onset of the outbreak.

A total of 2,118 people have been hospitalized over the course of the epidemic, of whom 1,251 were in intensive care.

The first case of coronavirus in Turkey was confirmed by the minister on March 11.

Experts say the exponential increase in the number of cases poses a great danger to the Turkish public.

There are claims that the number of COVID-19 cases is actually higher than what is officially announced as many cases go unnoticed because tests are not widely performed.

First seen in the Chinese city of Wuhan, COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the world, infecting more than 1,060,000 people worldwide and killing more than 55,000. In the meantime, some 226,000 people were treated.

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