Turkey reports record daily number of new COVID-19 patients

Turkey recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 patients as the country’s first weekend curfew since June came into force

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 patients Saturday as the country’s first weekend curfew since June came into force.

“The number of our serious patients and our losses is also hurting,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The country’s total number of reported patients now stands at 440,805. Turkey on Saturday also reported 135 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing its death toll since March to 12,219.

A curfew order took effect at 8 p.m. Saturday, a day after restaurants, cafes and other businesses were ordered to shut. The government lifted infection-prevention restrictions over the summer, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new limits last week as the number of patients rose.

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