Turkey records 41,998 new COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours

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Turkey recorded 41,998 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Sunday, slightly less than a record high it touched a day earlier as the country battles a huge surge in infections.

Turkey currently ranks fifth globally for most daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally.

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Cases have soared since the government eased measures to curb the pandemic in early March, and daily cases rose to a record high of 44,756 on Saturday.

On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a tightening of measures, including the return of full nationwide weekend lockdowns for the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on April 13.

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The total number of cases in Turkey stood at 3.487 million as of Sunday, the data showed. The latest daily death toll was 185, bringing the cumulative toll to 32,263.

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