To date, more than 28 million vaccine shots have been administered in Turkey

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ISTANBUL

According to official figures, Turkey has administered over 28.06 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the start of a mass vaccination campaign on Jan. 14.

As of Monday, more than 16.05 million people had received their first doses while over 12 million had been fully vaccinated, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also confirmed 7,523 new coronavirus cases nationwide in the past 24 hours, including 702 symptomatic patients.

The total number of cases in Turkey is now over 5.19 million, while the nationwide death toll hit 46,486 last day, with 178 new deaths.

Up to 10,003 other patients won the battle against the virus, with the total number of recoveries exceeding 5.03 million.

Over 52.5 million coronavirus tests have been performed to date.

The latest numbers show the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition is 1,745.

Turkey started a gradual normalization process on May 17 after a 17-day lockdown that significantly lowered infections.

Through June 1, the country is enforcing weekday curfews from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., while weekends are completely closed.

As of December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 3.4 million lives in 192 countries and regions. More than 167.2 million cases have been reported worldwide, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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