Turkey: Coronavirus death toll climbs to 59

26 03 2020 12:23

The number of coronavirus patients in Turkey increased by 561 on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 2,433, while the death toll topped 59.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the figures with a bit of a warning, saying that “precautions bind us to life.”

“Some 5,035 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours, 561 of which returned positive,” Koca said. “15 of our patients have passed away,” he added.

“Numbers cannot explain the grief of loss or anxiety. Let’s try to live with zero risks,” he stated.

Turkey has so far conducted nearly 28,000 tests.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the country was monitoring a further 53,000 people at their homes and 8,554 others in hospitals.

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