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Turkey on July 15 registered 947 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally so far to 215,940, according to Health Ministry data.

The country’s death toll from the disease rose to 5,419, with 17 new fatalities reported, according to data.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter that six provinces have not reported any cases of pneumonia, which is a serious complication of the COVID-19, over the last three days.

“It is our second day [in a row] with cases fewer than 1,000. The number of new recovering patients is above the new cases. No cases of pneumonia has been reported in Malatya, Trabzon, Kilis, Yalova, Bayburt and Ardahan over the last three days,” Koca wrote.

Daily new COVID-19 cases in Turkey on July 14 dropped below 1,000 for the first time in 33 days.

Daily cases hit a low of 786 on June 2 in the country but more than doubled to 1,592 two weeks later after the government eased measures against the spread of the virus.

At the start of June, Turkey opened restaurants and cafes, and lifted weekend stay-home orders and inter-city travel bans.

A subsequent doubling of daily coronavirus cases prompted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to warn the country had lost some ground in its battle with coronavirus.

As Turks poured out into streets, parks, malls and vacation spots last month, the government made face masks compulsory in several provinces. More measures could come even as officials have said there is no plan to slow momentum in the economy, which emerged in June from a near standstill since mid-March.