Turkey records 394 coronavirus deaths, its biggest daily toll

People walk past by closed shops at deserted Mahmutpasa street, a popular middle-class shopping district, during a nationwide “full closure” imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion in Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey logged 394 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, its biggest ever daily toll, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday, a day after a nationwide lockdown went into effect.

The data also showed 31,891 new coronavirus cases in the same period.

Turkey ranks fourth globally in number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally. Ankara has tightened restrictions as infections and deaths surged to record highs after an easing of measures in March.

On Thursday, Turks have entered a nationwide “full lockdown” starting that will last until May 17 to curb a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths.

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