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Turkey administers over 842,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in one day

Turkey administers over  842,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in one day

Turkey administered over 842,000 coronavirus vaccine doses on Monday, according to the country’s health minister.
Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that 842,494 vaccines were administered Monday, adding, “We have administered 92,494 more doses than our target.”

Turkey has administered over 34.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including first doses to nearly one-fourth of the country’s population of some 83.6 million, the Health Ministry said.

More than 20 million people have gotten their first doses, while nearly 13.7 million have been fully vaccinated, according to ministry data.

Turkey reported 5,626 new coronavirus cases, including 428 symptomatic patients, over the last 24 hours. The number of new cases on Sunday was 5,012.

The country’s overall case tally is over 5.33 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 48,795.

Koca later announced on Twitter that vaccination appointments will begin for all employees affiliated with the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK) as of Tuesday.

To contain the virus, Turkey currently has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and a full lockdown on Sundays.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 3.8 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with more than 176.2 million cases reported worldwide, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.