ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey is not considering tightening the lock restrictions, even though the number of daily coronavirus infections recorded since they have been reduced is “higher than expected,” the health minister said on Wednesday.
In conversation with reporters after the weekly meeting of the country’s scientific advisory board, Fahrettin Koca blamed the resurgence in cases of widespread complacency and noncompliance with social distance.
“We can say the numbers are higher than we expected,” said Koca. “We see that many people have the perception that we are back to normal. This perception must be quickly deactivated. ‘
Turkey has witnessed an increase in the daily number of infections after the government authorized cafes, restaurants, gyms, parks, beaches and museums in early June to reopen and ease home orders for the elderly and young people.
The country has recorded an average daily infection of about 1,260 since June 12, up from about 800 to 900 previously.
Koca reported 1,492 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections registered in the country to 191,657 since March. He also said there were 24 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 5,025.
Last week, Koca said that the re-flare after easing restrictions was within expected limits.
Also on Wednesday, the Ministry of the Interior said that more than 7,000 people were fined for not wearing masks on Monday and Tuesday – the first two days that Turkey began imposing fines in 62 provinces where masks have been mandated in public places.