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Turkey announces 942 more COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths

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Turkey announced 942 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 21 fewer than yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 228,924, according to a chart posted on Twitter by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The COVID-19 death toll, meanwhile, increased by 14 to 5,659 in the last 24 hours, the chart indicated.

Beginning from Wednesday, the health ministry chart will no longer show the number of intensive care patients and those on ventilators but will instead report the number of patients in critical condition and the percentage of patients among all case who developed pneumonia due to the coronavirus.

Today’s chart indicated that the number of patients in critical condition is 542, 9.4 percent of whom have developed pneumonia.

Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, in severe cases it causes pneumonia. According to experts, some 15 percent of coronavirus cases are severe, and nearly 5 percent of patients need ventilators to breathe.

Meanwhile, 996 more people were declared to have recovered on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 212,557.

Turkey has conducted 4,711,095 tests so far, with 45,712 more in the last 24 hours.

Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case on March 11. The country eased preventative measures at the start of June, opening shopping malls, cafes, restaurants and mosques.

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