Turkey traces contacts to find cases in fight against coronavirus

Turkey's 4,600 teams tasked with detecting and screening the chain of contacts of people infected with the coronavirus have been important in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, listing the last people contacted with a diagnosed person, finding out if they have symptoms and reducing the likelihood that the virus will infect others.

5 more Turkish nationals die from COVID-19 in Germany

Five more Turkish nationals have died in Germany from the novel coronavirus, local authorities said on April 16.  

Their deaths were reported in the cities of Berlin, Munich, and Stuttgart and the town of Baden-Baden.

The total number of Turks who have died in Germany from the virus now stands at 67.

'Long way ahead' as 33 more test positive for Covid-19 in Cyprus

Coronavirus infections rose to 695 in Cyprus on Tuesday where 33 more people tested positive for the virus, according to Health Ministry officials.

According to the ministry's daily briefing, three of the new cases were identified from a total of 655 coronavirus tests conducted in the framework of the targeted tests on employees of businesses continuing to operate amid the outbreak.

COVID-19 infects more than half a million in US

More than half a million people have been infected by the COVID-19 outbreak across the U.S., according to a running tally on April 10 by Johns Hopkins University.

The university in the state of Maryland counted 500,399 cases and 18,693 deaths. There have been a total of 28,837 patients who have recovered.

The first death was reported Feb. 29 in Washington state.

Roma settlement of some 3,000 residents placed in coronavirus quarantine

Authorities on Thursday night put a Roma settlement in Larissa, central Greece, under strict lockdown after several residents tested positive for the highly contagious novel coronavirus.

The settlement, which has an estimated population of around 3,000, was placed under quarantine on the orders of the deputy minister for civil protection, Nikos Hardalias, at 11 p.m. on Thursday.