Turkey confirmed 1,263 new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the tally to 251,805.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 942 more patients recovered in the past 24 hours, pushing the number of recoveries to 232,913.

The death toll reached 6,016 as 20 more people lost their lives.

Health care professionals conducted 82,318 tests to diagnose the virus, taking the tally to more than 5.88 million.

Koca said the virus was transmitted to those, who tested positive for COVID-19 today, approximately 10 days ago.

Of those infected, 7.5% are suffering from pneumonia.

Koca said the number of patients in critical condition increased to 703.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 775,430 lives in 188 countries and regions since it originated in China last December.

The US, Brazil, India, and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.

Over 21.94 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 13.92 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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