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Turkey registers 1,153 new COVID cases, 14 more deaths

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Turkey announced 1,153 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, 25 less than yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 237,265, according to a chart posted on Twitter by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The COVID-19 death toll, meanwhile, increased by 14 to 5,798 in the last 24 hours, the chart indicated.

Beginning last week, the health ministry chart no longer showed the number of intensive care patients and those on ventilators but instead reported the number of patients in critical condition and the percentage of patients among all cases who have developed pneumonia due to the coronavirus.

Today’s chart indicated that the number of patients in critical condition is down to 580, 8.3 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, 1,040 more people were declared to have recovered on Thursday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 220,546.

Turkey has conducted more than 5 million tests so far, with 54,494 more in the last 24 hours.

On average, the country conducts some 59,500 tests per 1 million of population, better than countries like the Netherlands and France but far worse than the UK, the US and Germany.

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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