More than 62,000 cases were reported on Wednesday, surpassing the country’s four million number since the pandemic began.
Turkey has recorded 62,797 new coronavirus infections and 279 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the beginning of the pandemic.
With Wednesday’s figure, the total number of recorded cases in Turkey surpassed four million.
The total number of deaths increased to 34,737.
On Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that, starting Wednesday, some new restrictions and “partial closings” during the first two weeks of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be put in place. an increase in cases.
Mr. Erdogan said: “In the recent period, the increasing number of cases and deaths mainly in urban cities is directing us to tighten measures… We cannot continue to observe this trend. .
Erdogan, speaking after his cabinet meeting, said the deadline for the weekday curfew had been extended, announced restrictions on intercity travel and public transport, and banned all incidents. event in the closed space until after the month of Ramadan.
He said these measures could be further tightened within two weeks.
“If, in this two-week period, we cannot achieve the expected improvement in the picture we are targeting, then taking tougher measures will become something. inevitable”.
The number of new cases has risen more than five times since early March when Erdogan relaxed social measures.
On Monday, the Minister of Health warned of the epidemic’s third peak.
Turkey ranks seventh globally in the number of COVID-19 infections.