The Situation with COVID-19 in the Balkans

The epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate in most Balkan countries, forcing some of them to introduce stricter local restrictive measures. At the same time, efforts by the authorities to stimulate vaccination continue, with a third dose of the vaccine already being offered in some countries.


More than 106.89 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in TURKEY since the start of the immunization campaign in January. More than 55.18 million people received the first dose and more than 43 million were fully vaccinated.

Data from the health ministry on September 23 show that 85.69 percent of the country's adult population has received at least one dose of the two-phase vaccines. Turkey has delivered a third booster dose to more than 10.03 million people.

The highest percentage of Turkish citizens fully vaccinated against KOVID-19 is in the Kirklareli district bordering Bulgaria, where 77 percent of the population has completed a vaccination course. In second place in terms of the number of vaccinated is the western district of Mugla, and the worst situation is in the southeastern district of Sanliurfa, where 41 percent of the population is fully immunized.

Nearly 84 percent of the population in Istanbul has already been vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose, and 67.5 percent have been fully vaccinated.

According to the latest data, 68 percent of Turks over the age of 18 have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and 85 percent have received the first dose of vaccine.

The country registered 27,844 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours with 356,132 tests performed, and 217 people died.


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