Turkey Virus Death Toll Exceeds 200
Istanbul, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Apr, 2020 ) :More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 in Turkey, which has ramped up tests to more than 15,000 a day, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Tuesday.
With 2,704 more cases of the novel coronavirus, the official total of those infected has reached 13,531.
"The number of tests has increased by 25.2 percent compared with yesterday," Koca said. Health officials are identifying positive cases faster and with more accuracy, he added.
Turkish officials have repeatedly urged citizens to stay home and respect social distancing rules, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advising Turks to adopt "voluntary quarantine" conditions.
Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition CHP party called for a partial lockdown in Turkey's biggest city, sharing a graphic that showed a threefold increase in the number of people using public transport from Sunday to Monday.
"Failure to ensure social distancing poses an enormous risk at this time, when COVID-19 cases are surging in Turkey. Once again, I am calling on the government to impose a partial curfew for Istanbul," he tweeted.
Authorities have suspended international flights, shut schools and universities, banned mass prayers and imposed confinement for people aged over 65.
Erdogan has launched a public campaign to raise money for people who are struggling because of the pandemic.
He also announced a new 600-bed hospital in Istanbul to treat COVID-19