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Turkey's Coronavirus Cases Now Highest in the Middle East

Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday 18 April 2020 that Turkey’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 82,329, overtaking neighboring Iran for the first time to register the highest total in the Middle East. An increase of 3,783 cases in 24 hours also pushed Turkey’s confirmed tally within a few hundred of China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged. Koca said 121 more people have died, taking the death toll to 1,890. A total of 10,453 people had recovered from coronavirus so far. The Interior Ministry also said over the weekend that it was extending restrictions on travel between 31 cities for a further 15 days. (VFI News)