Turkish COVID-19 cases more than halve from peak, testing falls 25 percent

COVID-19 infections in Turkey have more than halved on a daily basis from a record high in the middle of last month, after the government re-introduced restrictions on the population during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and reduced testing.

Daily testing has dropped by 25 percent compared with two weeks ago to 240,145 per day, according to Health Ministry data.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry recorded 25,980 new cases, increasing total infections since the outbreak in March last year to 4.87 million. The death toll reached 40,844, with 340 deaths reported on Sunday. 

Infections in Turkey have surged from less than 10,000 per day after the government eased curbs on the population on March 1. On April 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reversed course, announcing a longer two-week evening curfew to coincide with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The government introduced new restrictions on Thursday in a nationwide "full closure" until May 17, when Ramadan ends. The steps included the closure of all non-essential businesses, restrictions on intercity travel, banning the sale of alcohol and shutting down schools.