Turkey announced 63 new coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish health ministry. This marks the highest daily number of deaths since the beginning of May.
Turkey’s daily Covid-19 positive cases have been on the rise, with 1,716 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to nearly 293,000 since mid-March.
At least 1,301 patients are in critical condition, the health ministry said. Turkey conducted 112,563 tests over the last 24 hours according to the ministry’s numbers.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted a warning that the rate of infections was not slowing down and urged people to take precautions.
From today, the governor of Istanbul has banned celebrations, weddings and similar gatherings in boats across the city. Boat parties and celebrations have been popular in the Bosphorus strait recently.
The governor’s office also reintroduced a ban on concerts, festivals and other events in outdoor spaces as part of measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Turkey’s biggest city with a population of 15.5 million people.
Turkey had managed to bring the daily numbers of new deaths and confirmed cases down at the start of the summer.
The country eased restrictions such as temporary weekend lockdowns at the end of May and reopened businesses and travel routes in June.
The number of new cases is on the rise with the capital city Ankara being the new epicenter, according to the health minister.