Turkey on Monday confirmed 982 more recoveries from the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally to 210,469, according to the country’s health minister.

Citing Health Ministry data, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that a total of 919 people had contracted COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 227,019.

He said the number of patients in intensive care units increased in the last three days in Istanbul, the capital Ankara, central Konya, southern Gaziantep and eastern Diyarbakir provinces.

“In 21 provinces, we did not have any intensive care patients in the last three days,” he said, adding the least increasing number of patients in intensive care units was registered in central Sivas, southwestern Isparta and Mugla, western Balıkesir and northeastern Bayburt provinces.

The country’s death toll from the disease rose to 5,630, with 17 new fatalities over the past 24 hours.

Healthcare professionals conducted more than 45,283 tests for COVID-19 since Sunday, raising the total count to over 4.6 million.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed nearly 650,000 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 in the world.

More than 16.32 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries exceeding 9.43 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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