Fahrettin Koca

Expected decline in virus cases not happening, warns minister

Expectations for a decline in COVID-19 cases did not materialize over the weekend, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, repeating calls for the public to get vaccinated against the virus.

On Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, Turkey registered 19,351 and 18,622 cases respectively, a slight decline from the previous days last week.

Over 90% of COVID cases in Turkey are Delta variant: Minister

The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus now accounts for over 90% of cases in Turkey, the country's health minister said on Aug. 20. 


In a press conference, Fahrettin Koca pointed out that people had become more mobile while complying less with precautions against infection, causing an increase in the number of cases.

Number of low-risk provinces rising as jab drive speeds up


The COVID-19 vaccination rate has reached 75 percent of the population over the age of 18 in nearly 30 out of all 81 provinces in Turkey, increasing the number of low-risk provinces.

According to a risk map uploaded by the country's health minister on Twitter, 28 provinces were blue, indicating that they are at low risk in terms of the pandemic.