Turkey logs over 13,000 coronavirus cases, highest since January 6

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey recorded 13,215 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, Health Ministry data showed, the highest level since Jan. 6, bringing the total number of cases to 2,793,632.

Data also showed 64 people died due to COVID-19 in the same period, raising the toll to 29,094.

Last week, President Tayyip Erdogan lifted weekend lockdowns in low- and medium-risk cities and limited lockdowns to Sundays in those deemed higher risk under what he called a “controlled normalisation”.

(Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun)

A restaurant owner waits for costumers in Istanbul, Turkey, 02 March 2021. Restaurants and cafe reopened after 3 months. Turkish restaurants reopened and many children returned to school on 02 March after the government announced steps to ease COVID-19 pandemic restrictions even as cases edged higher, raising concerns in the top medical association. EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

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