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Turkey's daily coronavirus cases close to three month-h...

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Turkey’s daily coronavirus cases close to three month-high

epa08563946 People perform the first Friday prayer during the official opening ceremony of Hagia Sophia as a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 July 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the first Friday prayers. Turkey's highest administration court on 10 July ruled that the museum that was once a mosque built in a Cathedral would be turned into a mosque again by annulling its status as museum. EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA
By Reuters
10 Aug 2021 1

ISTANBUL, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Turkey recorded 26,597 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, close to last week's three-month high, and the number of fatalities hovered close to a two-month peak.

 

Daily cases have surged from a low of just over 4,000 in early July to over 20,000 for the last two weeks.

That resurgence, coupled with severe wildfires in Turkey’s southwestern coastal provinces, has hit hopes for a strong tourism revival this summer after heavy losses caused by pandemic restrictions last year.

Last week the new daily cases hit 26,822, the highest level since the first week of May. The number of COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday was 124.

Two-thirds of Turkish adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, while slightly less than half have received two or more doses. Turkey has given nearly 6 million third doses to health workers and people over 50 years old. (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Richard Chang)

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