Turkey registers over 29,000 infections as partial lockdown extended

The Turkish Health Ministry’s official figures released on Sunday showed 185 new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, with 29,281 new infections, making the country one of the worst-hit in Europe. 

The latest figures bring the number of total deaths in the country to 13,558. The surge in cases in recent weeks has prompted a series of pandemic restrictions, including partial weekend curfews, which are wrapping up their second week.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Sunday urged all citizens to follow the new pandemic measures on his Twitter account. 

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has implemented a new partial curfew effective 8 p.m. on Sunday. The restrictions will continue until 5 a.m. on Monday. 

The curfew will be applied on weekends until a new decision is taken, according to the Interior Ministry’s circular.

On Wednesday, the Turkish government changed the way it reported daily Covid-19 infections and began reporting all positive coronavirus tests, including asymptomatic cases.

This pushed the new daily case figures from around 7,000 to 30,000, proving right critics who maintained the official figures were far from reality.