President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey is experiencing a “slight” increase in coronavirus cases and that the country cannot reach its economic targets unless the spread of the virus remains under control.Turkey ranks 18th in COVID-19 deaths, 24th in number of cases worldwide
"Turkey can reach its targets in production, employment and export if the country's pandemic trend improves," Erdoğan said on Aug. 24 following a cabinet meeting.
“To take our country's normalization a step further, we have to take this struggle to a success. None of us can reach a state of comfort, peace and safety if we do not lower the number of patients, patients in intensive care unit and fatalities,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we are recently facing a negative picture. Mass activities such as weddings, funerals, condolence ceremonies and holidays have turned into a spread area for the virus,” Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan's statements came as Turkey registered 1,443 new cases of the virus, bringing the country's tally to date to 259,692.
On Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the death toll in the country reached 6,139, as 18 more people lost their lives.
"Our healthcare staff are trying to cure our patients with all their strength. It is measures that will decrease the number of patients," Koca wrote.
Bugün yapılan yaklaşık 96 bin test sonucu 1.443 yeni hasta tespit edildi. Ağır hasta sayımız 800 civarında. Sağlık çalışanlarımız var gücüyle hastalarımızı iyileştirmeye çalışıyor. Hasta sayımızı düşürecek olan tedbirlerdir. Sonunda yenilen virüs olacak. https://t.co/RVlhe7786O pic.twitter.com/Rz06OcXiKX— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) August 24, 2020