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The death toll from complications arising from the coronavirus rose by 15 to 59 in Turkey, as the number of recorded COVID-19 infections surged to 2,433, Health Minister Koca said on Wednesday.
Within the past 24 hours, 5,035 tests were carried out and 561 new cases were registered. So far, 30,000 tests have been carried out in the country.
At least 30 people have died and 20 more have been hospitalized in the last two weeks in Istanbul after consuming bootleg alcohol.
The victims, most of the citizens of Turkmenistan living in Istanbul, rubbed the toxic substance on their bodies before consuming it in an attempt to protect themselves against the coronavirus, according to the police sources.
Turkey has subjected ventilators to export control in order to meet domestic demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, the country's trade minister said on March 26.
"Ventilator, ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), ventilation consumables, intubation tubes, intensive care monitors are subjected to prior authorization," Ruhsat Pekcan said in a tweet.
Greece will repatriate its citizens and third-country nationals with Greek residence permits from Turkey on Thursday afternoon, the country's Consulate General in Istanbul announced Wednesday.
An Aegean emergency flight will depart from Istanbul's Airport at 5.20 p.m. (Ankara time), but passengers are asked to be at the airport by 3 p.m. local time, at the latest.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others injured in a terror attack by radical groups in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said on March 25.
"Two of our heroic fellow soldiers were martyred and two others were injured due to harassment fire in the [northern] Haftanin region of Iraq," said the ministry in a statement.
Turkey will overcome the coronavirus outbreak in two to three weeks through good measures, with as little damage as possible, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 25.
In a televised address to the nation, Erdoğan said Turkey was prepared for every scenario on the outbreak and urged Turks to show patience, understanding, and support.
Turkey will overcome the coronavirus outbreak in two to three weeks through good measures and with as little damage as possible, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 25.
In a televised address to the nation, Erdoğan said Turkey was prepared for every scenario on the outbreak and urged Turkish nationals to show patience, understanding and support.
A convicted terrorist who was in hiding for over 20 years was arrested in the city of Muş, southeastern Turkey on March 25, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
In 2000, the man, identified by the initials Y.Y., was convicted of "being a member of the Hezbollah terrorist organization" and sentenced in absentia to six years and three months in prison.
Serbia on March 25 evacuated 148 Turkish nationals stranded in the country due to the measures taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.
An aircraft from the national carrier Air Serbia, arranged by Serbian officials transported the Turkish citizens from Nikola Tesla Airport in the capital Belgrade to Istanbul free of charge.
Turkish state lenders announced a financial support package on March 25in line with the government measures to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Three conventional banks - Ziraat, Halk, Vakıf - and two participation lenders - Ziraat Katılım and Vakıf Katılım - made public their package applicable for all enterprises.
Schools extend closureTurkey's death toll from the coronavirus increased by 15 to 59 on March 25 as the number of confirmed cases rose by 561 to 2,433, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Koca said on Twitter that 5,035 tests had been conducted in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to more than 30,000.