Coronavirus: Turkey’s COVID-19 death toll exceeds 7,000

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The death toll in Turkey due to the novel coronavirus reached 7,056 on Sunday, rising by 57 deaths in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed.

The total number of cases in the country rose by 1,527 on Sunday, for a total of 291,162 cases, the data showed, with 258,833 people recovered from COVID-19.

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Both daily deaths and cases have risen to mid-May levels in recent days.

The government has ruled out widespread lockdowns but has announced new measures recently, including banning weddings and other events and limiting the number of passengers allowed on public transport.

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On Saturday, the governor of Istanbul has banned boating companies from hosting weddings and similar gatherings as part of new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s most populous city.

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