ANKARA

Turkey on Monday confirmed 992 more recoveries from the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally to 203,002, according to the country’s health minister.

Citing Health Ministry data, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the total number of nationwide infections rose to 220,572 as 931 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours.

The country’s death toll from the virus rose to 5,508, with 17 new fatalities reported on Monday.

Healthcare professionals did a total of 43,404 tests for the disease over the past day, raising the overall count to over 4.31 million.

Since originating in China last December, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 607,000 lives in 188 countries and regions.

Nearly 14.56 million cases have been reported worldwide, while over 8.19 million patients have recovered so far, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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