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Turkey gives record daily COVID jabs

More than 781,000 vaccine doses given on Monday, says Health Ministry

Enes Kaplan and Gozde Bayar   | 14.06.2021
Turkey gives record daily COVID jabs People over 40 years of age receive doses of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, at Ankara City Hospital on June 14, 2021 in Ankara, Turkey. ( Emin Sansar - Anadolu Agency )


Turkey on Monday administered over 781,000 coronavirus vaccine doses, which marked the highest daily jabs in a day, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Turkey has administered over 34.49 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including first doses to nearly one-fourth of the country’s population of some 83.6 million, the ministry said.

More than 20.73 million people have gotten their first doses, while nearly 13.76 million have been fully vaccinated, according to ministry data.

Turkey reported 5,626 new coronavirus cases, including 428 symptomatic patients, over the last 24 hours. The number of new cases on Sunday was 5,012.

The country's overall case tally is over 5.33 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 48,795 with 74 new fatalities.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca later announced on Twitter that vaccination appointments will begin for all employees affiliated with the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK) as of Tuesday.

To contain the virus, Turkey currently has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, and a full lockdown on Sundays.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 3.8 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with more than 176.08 million cases reported worldwide, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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