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Turkey takes further steps to normalization amid virus outbreak

Turkey takes further steps to normalization amid virus outbreak

Turkey is poised to lift more coronavirus restrictions with a decline in the number of cases and a continuous positive trend in recoveries.

The number of recovered patients from the disease reached 120,015 as 1,321 more were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Monday.

The figure indicates that over 75% of Turkey’s 157,814 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far.

In the meantime, some 987 new cases were reported over the last 24 hours, Koca said.

The death toll from the outbreak rose to 4,369 as the country reported 29 new fatalities, according to the ministry.

Health care professionals performed another 21,400 tests, raising the overall number of tests to over 1.85 million.

Currently, some 756 patients are being treated in intensive care units, the ministry confirmed.

Turkey has successfully managed the course of the novel coronavirus pandemic and is nearing the end of the outbreak, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday.

“The picture after the normalization steps we took shows that we are on the right track,” said the president in his remarks on Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid al-Fitr.

Addressing the members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) via video link, Erdoğan thanked the public for staying home during a four-day curfew over the holiday.

With Ramadan Bayram over and a four-day curfew in Turkey’s 81 provinces coming to an end, citizens across the country tried to return to their normal lives or what the authorities would call, the post-virus normal.

Turkey on Saturday declared a four-day nationwide lockdown on May 23-26 during the bayram holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan in the Islamic faith, as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic.