Turkey reported nearly 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on April 6, reaching the highest daily record since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to data from the health ministry, Turkey recorded a total of 49,584 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 3.5 million.
The ministry also reported 211 deaths on the same day, the highest daily death toll since last January. The total number of deaths has now reached 32,667.
Data from the ministry also showed that Turkey has administered over 17.6 million COVID-19 vaccines nationwide since it began its vaccination campaign last Jan. 14.
The figures come a week after President Tayyip Erdogan announced the return of strict COVID-19 restrictions, including a nationwide weekend curfew, during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
The restrictions will begin on April 13.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, a total of 132,275,687 cases and 2,870,859 deaths have been reported worldwide.