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Turkey aims to reduce coronavirus cases by end of Ramadan

Turkey aims to reduce coronavirus cases by end of Ramadan

Crucial to have global fight, gain universal victory against virus, says Turkish president.
08.04.2021 - 10:15

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday that the country wants a significant reduction in the number of coronavirus cases by the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan.

"We aim to give a rest to our country during Ramadan and prepare it for better days after the Eid,” he said while speaking at the Justice and Development (AK) Party's provincial heads’ meeting in Ankara.

Ramadan will begin next week and last until mi-May.

NEW CASE RECORD

A total of 54,740 cases, including 2,203 symptomatic patients, were registered across the country over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases past 3.63 million, according to the Health Ministry. The nationwide death toll increased by 276 to reach 32,943.

He said that toughening and loosening restrictions had to be in line with the course of the pandemic.

TOURISM SEASON

“If we could decrease the number of the cases to thousands, we will be able to catch the tourism season that is understood to be opened in May and the commercial activity that will be created by the tourism season,” he said.

He also highlighted the global dimension of the pandemic and that giving a global fight and winning a universal victory against the virus is crucial in an age in which nations and states are closely interconnected.

Since its vaccination campaign began on Jan. 14, Turkey has administered more than 17.95 million vaccine jabs nationwide, according to official figures.

More than 10.54 million people have received their first dose of a vaccine while second doses were given to nearly 7.41 million.

In the face of rising case and fatality numbers, Turkey recently announced the return of weekend curfews in high-risk areas as well as other restrictions, in addition to special measures for Ramadan.