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COVID-19 figures surge in Turkey over past week

Number of active patients, fatalities, patients in critical condition rising for last week, Health Ministry data shows

Tanju Ozkaya   | 22.11.2020
COVID-19 figures surge in Turkey over past week


Turkey has registered significant rises in the number of COVID-19 patients, fatalities, and patients in critical condition over the last week despite measures the country has taken against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The number of active patients reached 57,761 with an increase of 8,653 over the last week, while the number of patients in critical condition rose to 4,121 with an addition of 682.

A total of 801 patients died in the past week due to the novel coronavirus and the death rate of the patients in critical condition has been around 3%. The ratio of patients with pneumonia to those in critical condition was 3.8%.

Ratio of active patients to that of overall patients during last week:

Date  Number of active cases    Ratio to total number of patients (%)
Nov. 15  49,108    11.85
Nov. 16  49,618    11.88
Nov. 17  50,646    12.00
Nov. 18  52,153    12.25
Nov. 19  53,654    12.47
Nov. 20  55,597    12.77
Nov. 21  57,761    13.10

 Daily fatality rate among patients in critical condition over past week:

Date  Number of patients in critical condition   Number of deaths    Ratio (%)
Nov. 15   3,439    89    2.58
Nov. 16   3,610    94    2.60
Nov. 17   3,657    103    2.81
Nov. 18   3,742    116    3.09
Nov. 19   3,850    123    3.19
Nov. 20   3,990    141    3.53
Nov. 21   4,121    135    3.27

According to the Turkish Health Ministry, based on the results of 17,090,101 tests, 440,805 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March 11, when the first positive case was recorded.

Since then, while 370,825 patients have recovered from the virus, 12,219 of them lost their lives.

Of those tested, 2.57% were diagnosed with COVID-19.

From March 17, when the first virus-related death was recorded, until Nov. 21, the death rate was 2.77%, while the recovery rate stood at 84.12%.

Nov. 18 was recorded as the day with the highest number of tests conducted, at 158,811, with 2.65% of them resulting positive.

The ministry announced the first case that resulted in death on March 17. Since then, the deaths column has never been empty in the daily coronavirus table shared by the ministry.

On Nov. 20, the day with the highest number of deaths, 141 patients succumbed to COVID-19.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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