Turkey reports 26,182 new COVID-19 cases, highest this year

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Turkey registered 26,182 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the highest daily number since mid-December, health ministry data showed, as cases continued to rise amid an easing in measures to restrict infections this month.

The death toll rose by 138 to 30,316.

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Daily cases have roughly doubled since the beginning of March, when restrictions were eased.

Erdogan announced a partial opening of schools, as well as cafes and restaurants. Ankara also eased weekend lockdowns, after the number of new cases fell below 10,000 daily.

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