People, some wearing masks to help protect themselves from the spread of the coronavirus, sit in an Eminonu market square in Istanbul on Friday, January 22, 2021, hours before a two-day curfew begins. The country of 83 million people launched its vaccination campaign a week ago, starting with health workers as well as residents of nursing homes and their caregivers. More than a million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac in the first week.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey has passed 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday since the outbreak began in March, the health ministry said.
A toll of 140 new deaths saw the total figure rise to 25,073. Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first case was recorded on March 11.
The government reintroduced restrictions in early December, including weekday evening curfews and weekend closures, to stem a new wave of infections.
Restaurants and cafes have been restricted to take-out services, weddings and funerals are limited to 30 people, and people over 65 and under 20 are prohibited from using public transport.
“We all see that street restrictions have a big impact on both the number of cases and the decrease in the number of patients,” said Mustafa Necmi Ilhan, member of the government’s scientific advisory committee, on Saturday.
“It is necessary not to rush to lift the restrictions, but when the number of cases and patients decreases, of course they can be lifted.”
The number of daily cases has fallen to around 6,000 in recent days, from more than 33,000 in December.
Turkey began its vaccination program on January 14, initially focusing on health workers and the elderly. More than 1.2 million people had received a first dose of China’s CoronaVac vaccine on Saturday evening, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
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