New coronavirus infections in Turkey fell below 1,000-mark on May 22, with the health minister Fahrettin Koca promising further easing of face mask rules if the numbers remain low for three consecutive days.
The Health Ministry confirmed 905 new COVID-19 infections, five related deaths and 1,019 recoveries in the last 24 hours. As many as 118,852 tests were conducted.
"The day we've been waiting for so long has come. The number of cases fell below 1,000. The number of deaths is 5. When the number of cases is below a thousand for three consecutive days, the use of masks will be optional, not mandatory, in public transportation!" Koca said on Twitter.
VAKA SAYISI 905— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) May 22, 2022
Uzun süredir beklediğimiz gün geldi. Vaka sayısı 1.000’in altına düştü. Vefat sayımız ise 5. Vaka sayısı üç gün üst üste binin altında gerçekleştiğinde, maske kullanımı toplu taşımada da zorunlu değil serbest olacak. Daha düşük sayıların haberini vermek dileğiyle!
Turkey has administered more than 147.67 million vaccine doses since January 2021.
More than 57.83 million people have received their first jabs, while over 53.05 million are fully vaccinated.
Turkiye lifted its longtime indoor mask mandate last month, except for public transportation and in hospitals.