Turkey records 1,217 new COVID cases, 19 more deaths

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Turkey announced 1,217 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 92 fewer than yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 257,032, according to a chart posted on Twitter by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The COVID-19 death toll, meanwhile, increased by 19 to 6,121 in the last 24 hours, the chart indicated.

Beginning last month, 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 increased by 21 to 783, 7.5 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, 795 more people were declared to have recovered on Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 237,165.

Turkey has conducted more than 6.3 million tests so far, with 80,302 more in the last 24 hours.

On average, the country conducts some 71,000 tests per 1 million of population, while the figure for the developed countries is way over 100,000.

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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