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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - July 19, 2021

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments

Dilara Hamit   | 19.07.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - July 19, 2021

ANKARA 

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.

Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey

Turkey has administered nearly 63.32 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in January, according to figures released Sunday.

According to Health Ministry data, nearly 38.94 million people have gotten their first dose, while over 20.74 million have received their second dose.​​​​​​​

Over 5.55 million vaccine doses were administered over the last week in a country of some 83.6 million people.

To date, over 62.74% of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.

The ministry also confirmed 7,680 new infections and 66 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, while as many as 5,835 more patients recovered.

Turkey condemned Israeli forces Sunday for “violating the sanctity of Haram Al-Sharif” and allowing Israeli settlers to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Turkey also condemned a top EU court ruling allowing companies in member states to ban employees from wearing headscarves.

COVID-19 updates worldwide

Two athletes tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village a day after the first case was confirmed there.

A Greek island known for its lively nightlife went silent Sunday, with music banned in bars and restaurants after the government announced new restrictions to fight surging COVID-19 infections.

Other global developments

More than 150 people have been killed and over 650 injured in flooding in western Germany.

The Palestinian resistance group Hamas decried plans by Israeli settlers to storm the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has announced an additional US contribution of $135.8 million to support its operations.

More than 500 Israeli settlers forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex amid tensions over a planned setter incursion into the flashpoint site, according to a Palestinian agency.

Amid the resumption of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, the Taliban supreme leader expressed his desire for a peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

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