Istanbul: The Minister of Health said that the number of one-day deaths due to coronavirus in Turkey jumped more than 100 for the first time on Tuesday because he ensured that the rate of disease spread was controlled.
Fahrettin Koca said at a television news conference that in the past 24 hours, the country has recorded 107 deaths and 4,062 new cases. To date, the number of deaths per day is still below 100.
The latest figures bring the total number of deaths in Turkey to 1,403 and the number of cases has exceeded 65,000.
Koka said: “The current results show that Turkey will overcome this pandemic with the lowest possible losses.” He suggested that the Turks follow the rules of isolation and social isolation “without exception.”
The Minister praised Turkey for using the “fil change” method to control, track and test the contact chain of each case, thereby controlling the speed of the nationwide spread of COVID-19.
On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a second blockade next weekend as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The statement that suddenly announced the implementation of the 48-hour curfew last Friday caused confusion only two hours before the implementation, and people flocked into the market to panic.
Suleyman Soylu, the interior minister, resigned, saying he was responsible for the disease, but the president refused.
Turkish media speculated that Koka had not been informed of the curfew last weekend, although he held an extensive press conference shortly before the Ministry of the Interior announced the news.
He said on Tuesday that the Science Council he chaired advocates restricting sports without further elaboration.