Turkish province says losing control of coronavirus

The provincial governor of Turkey's northwestern province of Bolu said on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing at an alarming rate in the city, Diken news website reported.

"Unfortunately, the cases in our city cannot be brought under control. We cannot reduce numbers, it continues to spread at high speed," Ahmet Ümit said at a press conference.

On Aug. 19, the governor warned that the number of people currently dying in the city was much higher than it had been in the initial months of the pandemic and if the upward trend continued, beds in the city's hospitals may not be sufficient.

Turkish coronavirus infections have begun to spike on a daily basis after falling to as low as 902 on July 22. Medical professionals have criticised the government for lifting the restrictions too early in June and accused it of underreporting COVID-19 cases in the country.

Turkey has said that it only reports sick patients in COVID-19 data and omits asymptomatic cases.