Turkey COVID-19 infections exceed 33,000 daily
Turkey’s daily COVID-19 cases rose to 33,860 on Tuesday, the highest figure since April 29. Deaths totalled 237, the Health Ministry said.
COVID-19 infections in the country have remained elevated after schools re-opened last month. The number of cases began rising sharply after the government fully lifted curfews and travel restrictions on the population at the beginning of July. New cases totalled less than 5,000 per day in early July.
There has been a stagnation in inoculation rates in the recent days, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on social media on Tuesday.
People who received initial doses of so-called inactive vaccines have now lost immunity and fewer people are coming forward to get inoculated, Mehmet Ceyhan, the head of Hacettepe University’s pediatric infectious diseases department, said this week.
Turkey inoculated millions of people with the Chinese Coronavac vaccine after the outbreak of the virus early last year. The vaccine is not recognised as sufficiently effective by the European Union.
Vaccination rates in Turkey are trailing those in the neighbouring EU and many other developed countries, meaning its population is more exposed to increases in infection rates.
The Turkish authorities have vaccinated some 46.64 million adults with two doses, according to Health Ministry data. Turkey has a population of around 85 million people, meaning the number equates to some 54.9 percent of citizens.
In the EU, the full inoculation rate among all age groups stands at 63.7 percent, according to ourworldindata.org.