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Over 27.28M COVID-19 shots given in Turkey to date

Health Ministry reports less than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for 1st time since March 1

Gozde Bayar   | 20.05.2021
Over 27.28M COVID-19 shots given in Turkey to date

ANKARA

Turkey has administered over 27.28 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since launching a mass vaccination campaign on Jan. 14, according to official figures.

A total of 27,283,562 doses have been administered in Turkey as of Thursday evening, according to Health Ministry data.

In total, more than 15.61 million people have received their first doses, while over 11.66 million have been fully vaccinated.

The ministry also confirmed a total of 9,271 new cases, less than 10,000 new COVID-19 daily cases for the first time since March 1.

The country confirmed 856 symptomatic patients across the country in the past 24 hours.

Turkey's overall case tally is now over 5.16 million, while the nationwide death toll reached 45,626, with 207 more fatalities over the past day.

As many as 9,271 more patients won the battle against the virus, taking the total number of recoveries past 4.98 million.

Over 51.73 million coronavirus tests have been done to date, including 219,192 since Wednesday.

The latest figures show that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition stands at 2,041.

Turkey started a gradual normalization process on Monday from a 17-day lockdown after the measures led to a drop in cases nationwide.

Until June 1, the country will enforce weeknight curfews from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., while weekends will be under full lockdown.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 3.41 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with nearly 165 million cases reported worldwide, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

The US, India, and Brazil remain the worst-hit countries in terms of the number of infections.

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