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Turkey’s daily COVID-19 deaths at record high 243 -health ministry

Women wearing protective face masks look at a store selling Christmas and New Year ornaments in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s daily coronavirus death toll hit a record high of 243 in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday, bringing the total so far to 17,364.

Turkey also recorded 27,515 new coronavirus cases, including asymptomatic ones, in the last 24 hours, down more than 2,000 from a day earlier. For four months, Ankara only reported daily symptomatic cases, but it has reported all since Nov. 25.

The country has registered 1,955,680 COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic in March, the data showed.

The government has imposed weekday curfews and full weekend lockdowns to curb the surge in infections. Announcing Thursday’s numbers on Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the measures had begun to yield results.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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