ANKARA

Turkey confirmed on Wednesday 1,313 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally to 262,507.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter that the total number of recoveries had reached 239,797.

Citing Health Ministry data, Koca said that 1,002 patients recovered from COVID-19 over the past day. Meanwhile, the death toll in the country reached 6,183, as 20 more people lost their lives.

Healthcare professionals ran 100,109 more tests to diagnose the disease over the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6.62 million.

Of those infected, 7.4% suffer from pneumonia.

Koca said the number of patients in critical condition had increased to 841.

Since it originated in China last December, the coronavirus has claimed over 820,800 lives in 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil, India, and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.

Nearly 24 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeded 15.61 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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