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Turkey’s coronavirus cases approach 140,000, death toll hits 3,841

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey reached 139,771 on Monday with an increase of 1,114, while the number of deaths now totals 3,841, according to a chart posted on Twitter by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

Turkey has conducted more than 1.4 million tests to detect the disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, since March, according to the chart.

A total of 95,780 of those infected have recovered so far, although the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care remains above a thousand.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that a lockdown would be imposed starting on Saturday and ending after Tuesday, May 19, which is a national holiday, Reuters reported.

Ankara has imposed lockdowns in major cities the past four weekends as well as on national holidays to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdoğan said intercity travel restrictions on nine more cities had been lifted as Turkey gradually eases measures taken against the coronavirus.

The restrictions on the three largest cities, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, remain in place.

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