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Turkey’s Covid-19 Recoveries Surpass New Cases for First Time

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a man and a woman sitting on a bench: Pedestrians wear protective face masks and gloves in Istanbul on April 8. © Bloomberg Pedestrians wear protective face masks and gloves in Istanbul on April 8.

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s daily recoveries surpassed new cases for the first time since the first coronavirus case was reported on March 10, suggesting that the outbreak in the country may be reaching a peak.

In the last 24 hours, 3,246 people have been discharged from hospitals in Turkey, about 15% of the total number of people who have recovered, compared with 3,122 new coronavirus cases. Total cases are up 3.1% on a daily basis to 104,912 in all. Total fatalities now stand at 2,600 with the 109 new deaths reported.

Turkey is targeting a gradual opening of its economy in late May, as Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said citizens must comply with restrictions during Ramadan. Erdogan’s government has declared a lockdown on 31 cities, including Istanbul, the epicenter of outbreak in Turkey, during weekends and national holidays.

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