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Coronavirus: Turkey announces more than dozen deaths, 500 new cases

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Coronavirus: Turkey announces more than dozen deaths, 500 new cases Ankara’s daily test numbers reach more than 5,000 as government tries to curb spread of virus MEE staff Wed, 03/25/2020 – 23:39 Turkish authorities have ordered those aged 65 and above and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home (Reuters)

Turkey announced 15 more people have died amid the coronavirus epidemic, and also reported 561 new cases of the disease as the country tries to curb its spread.

The country’s death toll is now 59, with a total of 2,433 cases, according to the Turkish Health Ministry.

The ministry also announced it had conducted 5,035 tests in the past 24 hours, which is the first time the daily number of tests exceeded 5,000.

So far, about 33,000 people in Turkey have been tested for coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19.

The country received 50,000 rapid test kits – which can provide results within 15 minutes – from China, and has also been using a special drug from Beijing that helps treat victims of the disease.

While Health Minister Fahrettin Koca did not give further information on the drug, the anti-malarial drug chloroquine has recently been used to treat coronavirus patients in

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