Turkey on Friday reported a significant drop in the countrywide number of novel coronavirus cases over last two weeks.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter that there had been a 40% drop in the caseload of both Istanbul and the Aegean province Izmir, as well as a reduction of roughly 60% both in the capital Ankara and northwestern Bursa province.

Following a meeting with public health authorities in four of Turkey’s biggest cities, Koca added that they had discussed ongoing preparations to start Turkey’s vaccination campaign.​​​​​​​

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk

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