Turkey did more than 110,000 COVID-19 tests over past day

Turkey did more than 110,000 COVID-19 tests over past day
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Turkey did a record 110,102 tests for the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the country's health minister said Monday, APA reports citing Anadolu.

"Today we reached the highest number of daily tests. More than 110,000 tests were carried out and 1,587 new patients were identified. Our sorrow over the loss of lives is beyond words," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

Recoveries rose by 1,087 to reach 244,926, while 44 more people died, pushing the overall toll to 6,370, according to Health Ministry data.

The figures showed that 7.5% of COVID-19 patients in Turkey were suffering from pneumonia, while the number of patients in critical condition rose to 961.

Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed over 847,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since it emerged in Wuhan, China last December.

The US, Brazil, India, and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.

More than 25.2 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, including recoveries exceeding 16.64 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

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