Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases nearly twice the low touched in early July

Turkey's daily number of COVID-19 cases has doubled since early July, reaching 8,780, according to the Health Ministry tally on July 20. The government lifted most of the remaining virus-related restrictions this month.

Duvar English - Reuters

Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases rose to 8,780 on July 20, nearly double a low water mark touched earlier this month, while 46 new related deaths were logged, according to the government tally.

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.

Amid a nationwide fall in virus cases and a vaccination drive, Turkey has entered a new normalization phase in July, lifting almost all virus-related restrictions.

According to the Health Ministry, over 39 million people have received their first dose, while over 21.14 million are fully vaccinated.

To date, 62.89% of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, with a total of 150,917 vaccine doses administered over the past day.

Seeking to limit the spread of the virus' Delta variant, the country has suspended flights from India, where the strain was first detected.

Meanwhile, arrivals from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore are required to have negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours before their departure.