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Turkey’s cases of the COVID-19 virus have doubled on a daily basis in just over two weeks to 9,586 on July 22, its highest since May 19, with 52 related deaths according to an official tally that prompted a warning from the Health Minister.
"We have seen the highest number of cases recently. Without securing ourselves with vaccination the pandemic won't be off the agenda," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter as the government published the daily data.
"The new case numbers have doubled in the last two weeks. As of now strict precautions, vaccination at the first opportunity," Koca said in another tweet.
Yeni vaka sayıları 2 haftada 2 katına çıktı. Çözüm: Şu andan itibaren sıkı tedbir, ilk fırsatta aşı. İlk doz ve devam dozları için sağlık kurumlarımız gece gündüz emrinizde. 9.586 olan vaka sayısını geriletelim.— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) July 22, 2021
Infections remain well down from a wave in April-May when new COVID-19 cases peaked above 60,000. They fell to 4,418 on July 4 in the wake of a stringent lockdown that ended in mid-May. Most of the last restrictions were lifted this month.
Seeking to limit the spread of the Delta variant, Turkey suspended flights from India and required COVID-19 test results within 72 hours before departure for travelers from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore.