ISTANBUL, May 3 (Xinhua) – The number of COVID-19 patients who have required hospitalization in the past two weeks in Turkey has dropped by half, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists in the northwestern province of Edirne, Koca noted that after full lockdown scheduled to end on May 17, Turkey will witness a rapid decline in the number of infections.
The fewer daily cases will create a better outlook regarding COVID-19 deaths and the number of seriously ill patients.
Turkey’s strictest lockdown began on April 29 after daily cases rose to a record high of more than 60,000.
The country has administered more than 23.4 million vaccines against COVID-19 since it launched a mass vaccination program in mid-January, prioritizing healthcare workers.