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A member of Turkish Health Ministry’s Coronavirus Science Committee has said that nearly 250,000 people are believed to be infected with the COVID virus in Turkey.

Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü that of this figure, approximately 215,000 are asymptotic cases, and only 17,000-18,000 people show symptoms of illness.

The professor made the remarks on Aug. 6 on a program aired on CNN Türk, saying that he was basing these figures based on calculation models.

“You can be infected with the virus without even noticing it, or you might be a carrier. All of us right now should think this way: ‘I am also carrying the virus, and everyone I meet can be carrying the virus,’” he said.

Özlü said that Turkey is experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infection figures and this is also the case for other countries.

“Unfortunately the pandemic is not slowing down, but instead is on the rise. In the upcoming days, this will be coupled with the affects of the chain of spread that happened during the Eid al-Adha,” he said.

Özlü said that although there are currently quite a number of empty beds in intensive care units at the hospitals, this might not last in the long run. He said that if the pandemic gets worse and other respitory disesases also get in the picture in the autumn, then Turkey might face a shortage in terms of intensive care unit beds.

The country’s daily COVID-19 cases have recently shown a sharp rebounding trend, with more than 1,000 daily jump in successive days. 

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter on Aug. 6 that a total of 1,153 people contracted the virus over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 237,265.

The country’s death toll from the disease rose to 5,798, with 14 new fatalities over the past 24 hours, he said, citing Health Ministry data.

“The number of new patients, deaths and seriously ill patients as well as pneumonia rate are less with some differences compared to yesterday. But none of these data are reassuring in terms of results of tomorrow or the week after. Only strict measures can form the basis of good news,” he wrote.