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Health Minister Koca urges public to be more cautious

Health Minister Koca urges public to be more cautious

The COVID-19 outbreak is seeing another rise in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca acknowledged, while assuring all measures are in place.

The minister called on the people to exert efforts “as strong as health care workers do to cure the patients” by abiding with rules. “We have no stronger weapon than measures in the fight against the pandemic. This is a struggle that we cannot win solely by treating patients but only by preventing the outbreak from spreading. This is only possible by complying with rules,” the minister said.

His remarks on Friday came after Turkey reported more than 2,000 new patients in two days in a row on Thursday and Friday. Koca was speaking in the northwestern province of Bursa, his latest stopover in his tour of Turkey where he inspects measures and briefed on the outbreak on a provincial basis.

The total number of patients now stands at over 355,000, compared to more than 310,000 people who recovered since the outbreak was first reported in the country in March. The death toll is now over 9,500, while the country has run 12.8 million tests so far.