Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkiye and around the world.

Coronavirus and other developments in Turkiye

Turkiye confirmed 77,722 new coronavirus cases, hitting the biggest daily spike since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, authorities said.

The Health Ministry reported 145 coronavirus-related deaths and 42,573 recoveries over the past day, while 422,028 virus tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Turkiye lifted quarantine requirements for thrice-vaccinated people who have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing and addressed the situation of Uyghur Turks.

Last year, the Turkish Coast Guard rescued 15,174 irregular migrants pushed back into Turkish territorial waters by Greek security forces.

Turkiye’s domestic vaccine Turkovac reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 49.29% when compared to the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine, according to a study conducted by the country’s leading Hacettepe University.

Other developments worldwide

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in the former capital, Almaty — the city that suffered the most in recent demonstrations — and instructed authorities to renovate the country’s largest metropolis and “make it better.”

The British government is being sued by two prominent environmental groups over its failure to implement its net-zero climate strategy.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered “heartfelt apologies” over a party held at Downing Street during the first COVID-19 lockdown in England.

Papua New Guinea abolished the death penalty because the practice is out of place in a Christian nation, the country’s prime minister announced.

One more region in China’s central Henan province has been put under lockdown after a surge in local COVID-19 cases driven by the delta and omicron variants.

A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council began on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss European security, including the situation in and around Ukraine.

The EU’s foreign policy chief called on members of the bloc to come up with clear actions to deal with the threat posed by Russia ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers.

The US sanctioned five North Koreans allegedly involved in Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs after the North repeatedly tested apparent hypersonic missiles.

At least 10 people including five security officers were killed when a suicide car blast targeted a security convoy in Somalia’s capital.

Nigeria lifted a ban on the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in the West African country that had been in place since June 4.

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