Turkey confirmed 12 more deaths from the novel coronavirus late on Saturday, bringing the total to 21.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the deaths were of elderly people.

In the last 24 hours 2,953 tests have been conducted on people suspected to be infected with the virus and 277 of them tested positive, carrying the tally of infections to 947, up from 670.

“Let’s warn our elderly people. They should abide by the restrictions on leaving home,” he said.

COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 167 countries and regions,

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