June 15, 2020 / 2:23 AM / a month ago

Daily Turkish coronavirus cases double from level in early June

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask sits next to a check-in counter at Sabiha Gokcen Airport during the first day of resumed international flights that were halted amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus cases in Turkey rose to 1,562 in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday, almost double the level to which they had fallen in early June when Ankara lifted travel restrictions and reopened facilities.

The daily number of cases had been below 1,000 from late May until last Friday, hitting a low of 786 on June 2. In the last 24 hours, 15 people died, bringing total fatalities to 4,807, the ministry data showed.

There have been a total 178,239 cases of COVID-19 in Turkey.

Reporting by Daren Butler. Editing by Jane Merriman

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