Turkey’s health ministry said they have registered more than 32,176 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a significant daily infection for the first time since mid-October.
The ministry added that another 184 patients have lost their lives to the virus during the same period of time.
“Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, infections appear to be on an upward trend,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Koca called on the people to take their booster shots in immediate time and observe preventative measures as new cases are on the rise.
On December 11, Turkey conferred its first six cases of the omicron variant and all the infected individuals were returned from abroad.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus now accounts for more than 10% of all new COVID-19 positive cases, Koca said.
Koca lamented that the fast-spreading omicron variant is especially taking hold of Turkey’s populous cities.
Koca urged people to wear face masks, observe social distancing and take their vaccines, and also avoid crowded and poorly ventilated environments.
Turkey’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has reached 9,365,399, while 81,917 patients lost their lives to the virus and another 8,988,852 patients are fully recovered and discharged from hospitals, as per data of the country’s health ministry.
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