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COVID-19 tests in Turkey near 5 million

COVID-19 tests in Turkey near 5 million

Turkey has conducted more than 4.8 million COVID-19 tests so far, with some 46,500 tests over the past day, the country’s health minister said Friday.

According to figures Fahrettin Koca shared on Twitter, Turkey registered 982 new coronavirus cases and almost 1,000 recoveries over the past day.

A total of 17 more patients lost their lives due to the disease, bringing the death toll to 5,961.

More than 214,500 patients have successfully recovered from the virus in Turkey.

The tally of cases has hit 230,873.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 674,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since it originated in China last December.

More than 17.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported around the world so far, with recoveries nearing 10.1 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

The US, Brazil, India, and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries in the world.