The coronavirus death toll among Turkish expatriates has risen to 473, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Due to the outbreak Turkey has so far brought home over 65,000 of its nationals from 103 countries, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a press conference in Ankara.
As of Monday Turkey had registered a total of 3,461 deaths due to coronavirus, while 68,166 people have recovered from the disease. To date, the country has seen a total of 127,659 confirmed cases.
More than 3.6 million cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December, with the US and Europe the world’s hardest-hit areas.
A significant number of COVID-19 patients – over 1.17 million – have recovered, but the disease has also claimed over a quarter-million lives so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.