Turkey reported nearly 55,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time over the past nine months, according to official figures released on Jan. 4.
The country has administered more than 133.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January 2021.
At least 56.9 million people have gotten a first jab, while over 51.7 million have been fully vaccinated, the Health Ministry said.
Turkey has given third booster shots to more than 20 million people.
The ministry confirmed 54,724 new COVID-19 infections, 137 deaths, and 26,561 recoveries over the past day.
“The Omicron variant caused the number of cases in Istanbul to exceed half the total number of cases,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.
Koca warned that the increase in the number of cases due to the new variant can also be experienced in other provinces. “Measures should be observed with the same seriousness everywhere,” he said.
Omicron varyantı, İstanbul’daki vaka sayılarının toplam vaka sayısının yarısını aşmasına neden oldu. Yeni varyanta bağlı vaka artışları şimdilik büyük şehirlerde dikkat çekse de aynı durum diğer illerde de kolayca yaşanabilir. Tedbirlere her yerde aynı ciddiyetle uyulmalıdır. pic.twitter.com/wmWhOMcjKk— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) January 4, 2022