Turkey Surpasses 40,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases

Turkey reported over 40,000 new COVID-19 cases on April 1, the highest daily tally since the beginning of the pandemic.

The health ministry recorded a total of 40,806 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 3,357,988.

The health ministry also reported 176 deaths on April 1, bringing the nationwide death toll to 31,713 deaths.

Last March 29, President Tayyip Erdogan announced stricter restrictions when cases began to increase a month after the government eased measures.

Under the restrictions, nationwide weekend lockdowns will return for the Islamic month of Ramadan, which begins on April 13.

Mass gatherings in tents and in other places will also be prohibited and overnight curfews from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will remain.

Restaurants across the country will be allowed to stay open at 50% capacity.

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