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Turkey records 42,308 new coronavirus cases, highest level yet: ministry

Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Istanbul

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey recorded 42,308 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Friday, the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.

Cases have surged since the government eased measures to curb the pandemic in early March.

On Monday, President Tayyip Erdogan announced a tightening of measures, including the return of full nationwide weekend lockdowns for the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on April 13.

The total number of cases stands just above 3.4 million, the data showed. The latest daily death toll was 179, bringing the cumulative toll to 31,892.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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