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Turkey reports 952 new COVID-19 cases, 154,500 in total

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey reached 154,500 on Friday, with 952 new cases registered, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll surged to 4,276 after 27 new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the minister tweeted.

Turkey conducted 37,507 tests for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out to 1,767,495, he stated.

Some 1,121 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of patients recovered from COVID-19 to 116,111, while 800 are being treated at intensive care units and 401 are intubated, the minister said.

Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case on March 11.

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Businesses across Turkey prepare to resume operation

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Turkey deports 12 Finns over terror links

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Turkey deported 12 Finnish nationals over their links to terrorism, Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said the fighters were sent back as part of Ankara’s efforts to “expel foreign terrorists.”

Turkey continues to send back foreign “terrorist” fighters, it added.

Ankara says that although several European countries have resisted its efforts to send IS members back to their countries, it will press forward.

Turkey has so far deported at least 7,500 IS members.

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Turkey confirms 839 new COVID-19 cases, 163,942 in total

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Turkish health minister on Sunday confirmed 839 new COVID-19 cases, noting that the increase is within predictable margins.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed to 163,942, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

In the past 24 hours, 25 people died, taking the death toll to 4,540, the minister stated.

Turkey conducted 35,600 tests for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of tests carried out so far to 2,039,194, he said.

The total number of recovered cases stood at 127,973 in Turkey since the outbreak, while 648 patients are being treated at intensive care units.

Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case in the country on March 11.

Turkey and China have supported each other in the fight against COVID-19.

China has facilitated the procurement of medical supplies by Turkey. On April 10, Chinese doctors and medical experts held a video conference with Turkish counterparts to share China‘s experiences in treating coronavirus patients, protecting medical workers, and controlling the spread of the virus.

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Turkey inaugurates new hospital for COVID-19 patients

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Turkey on Sunday inaugurated a new hospital constructed for COVID-19 patients in the country’s biggest city Istanbul.

The hospital was built in the Ataturk airport area on the European side of Istanbul and named after Murat Dilmener, a notable Turkish doctor, who died of COVID-19 in Istanbul at the beginning of May.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended the opening ceremony of the hospital, which has a capacity of 1,008 beds.

Another hospital had been launched to cure COVID-19 patients on May 29 in the Sancaktepe district on the Asian side of the city.

Turkey has recorded 4,515 deaths and 163,103 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday.

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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surpass 163,000 as Iran’s tally nears 149,000

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Turkey’s COVID-19 cases on Saturday exceeded 163,000 with more than 980 new infections. Meanwhile, Iran witnessed a higher surge of coronavirus cases with the tally approaching 149,000.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, climbed to 163,103 after 983 new infections were reported, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 4,515 after 26 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, he said.

The overall number of recoveries in the country rose to 126,984.

On the same day, Turkey announced that it will resume domestic flights as part of measures towards normalization.

In Iran, the tally of COVID-19 infections surged to 148,950 after 2,282 new cases were registered.

The country also reported 57 new deaths from the virus, raising the death toll to 7,734. A total of 116,827 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 2,533 still in critical condition.

Saudi Arabia announced 1,618 new cases and 22 more deaths, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 83,384 and the death toll to 480.

The kingdom also reported 1,870 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 58,883.

In Qatar, 2,355 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, bringing the total number to 55,262, while the fatalities remained at 36.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 726 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 33,896 and the death toll to 262.

The total number of recoveries from the virus in the UAE increased to 17,546 after 449 more fully recovered.

Kuwait reported 1,008 new cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 26,192, of whom 205 have died and 10,156 recovered.

Egypt’s coronavirus cases continued the surging trend to reach 23,449 after a daily record of 1,367 new infections were added.

The Egyptian Health Ministry also reported 34 more deaths and 182 cases of recoveries, increasing the death toll to 913 and the total recoveries to 5,693.

In the mean time, Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said that the ministry has increased the number of hospitals tasked with receiving the coronavirus patients to 376 nationwide.

Israel reported 25 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of coronavirus infections to 17,012.

The number of death cases in the country remained 284 while the recoveries rose by 35 to 14,811.

It is worth noting that the number of active cases in Israel decreased to 1,917.

Earlier on the day, Israeli health ministry announced that several schools in which coronavirus cases were detected will be shut down.

Oman’s Ministry of Health announced 603 new cases of infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 10,423, including 42 deaths and 2,396 recoveries.

In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 7,780 after 66 new cases were added, which included 204 fatalities and 5,401 recoveries.

Iraq confirmed 306 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 6,179, of whom 195 have died and 3,110 recovered.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi authorities imposed a week-long curfew starting from May 31 to June 6 to curb the latest increase in infections of coronavirus in the country.

Sudan’s Health Ministry announced 279 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths, bringing the total confirmed cases to 4,800 and the death toll to 262.

In Lebanon, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 19 to 1,191, while the death toll remained at 26.

Jordan registered four more infections, bringing the total coronavirus cases to 734, including nine deaths and 507 recoveries.

Yemen’s health ministry confirmed 27 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections to 310 in the country’s provinces controlled by the government, including 77 deaths and 13 recoveries.

In addition, health authorities in the Yemeni Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa has declared earlier a total number of four infections in northern Yemen, including one death.

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Spotlight: Turkey’s automotive sector faces challenges amid dropping demand

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Turkey’s key automotive sector is trying to compensate losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak by fully restarting manufacturing after a long break, but the drop in domestic and international demand will be challenging, industry officials said.

Factory production in Bursa province, northwestern Turkey, where the bulk of the automotive industry is located, was not completely halted during lockdown as there was still demand from the Far East and South America.

Major plants started production in mid-May with some COVID-19 restrictions eased, hoping to reach pre-pandemic levels.

Tugrul Arikan, general manager of Turkish bus manufacturer Anadolu Isuzu, recently said their factories were running at 60-percent capacity, which could increase if foreign demand rises.

He added that the company had started production with only 50 percent of the workforce initially, and enhanced safety measures to protect workers from contracting the coronavirus.

The sector struggled with a major drop in exports as Europe came to a near standstill because of the pandemic. Around 75 percent of vehicles manufactured in the country are exported to the region.

Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (OSD) data showed that Turkey’s total automotive exports declined by 33 percent annually in January-April.

“Domestic demand in Turkey was not enough to offset the collapse in demand from Europe for the automakers,” Alper Kanca, head of the Automotive Supplier Industry (TAYSAD), said.

The official said they expected a revival of the sector in 2021, after a contraction this year.

Turkey’s automotive industry has developed from assembly-based production to an industry with research and development, and design capabilities, and high added values.

The sector has been of key value to local production input over the years, with the partnerships established between foreign companies, such as Ford, Fiat, Renault, Toyota and Hyundai, and Turkish entrepreneurs.

Turkey is now the largest light commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe and ranks 14th in the world in terms of automotive production output.

The automotive industry is one of the main locomotives of the manufacturing sector in Turkey. It is also one of the main sources of employment in the country, providing more than 400,000 jobs.

It is also one of the largest sources of exports, accounting for 16 percent of total exports.

A source close to the government told Xinhua that the sector would be unlikely to reach the levels of 2018 or 2019 in short term, but it is expected to rebound at the end of the year in line with the economic recovery.

“We will continue to export, but it also depends on the foreign demand,” he stressed, indicating that 85 percent of vehicle production in Turkey sent to foreign markets in 2018.

More than 1.3 million vehicles were exported from Turkey to foreign markets in the same year. In addition, Turkey was the number one vehicle exporter to European markets with 1.1 million units in 2018, statistics show.

In a car dealer shop in capital Ankara, a sales representative told Xinhua that sales have plummeted during the outbreak because of the lockdown and the fact that customers didn’t know what to expect in the aftermath.

The Turkish customers definitively love cars and we expect a revival ahead in the stagnated domestic market,” Merdan Yasa said, adding that the government should also look into some tax advantages for consumers considering the declining national currency.

Last week, Turkey has increased the tax on the buying of foreign currency to curb fallout of the lira from the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision has increased car prices by up to one percent, according to experts.

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Turkey kills at least 7 YPG, PKK members in Syria and Iraq: ministry

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Turkish security forces killed five members of the Syrian Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, and two members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkey‘s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

Two PKK terrorists have been neutralized in Avasin region in an airstrike after they were determined by means of reconnaissance and surveillance. Our operations continue until the last terrorist is neutralized,” said the ministry in its Twitter account.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralize” in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

In a separate statement, the Defense Ministry also said that the Turkish commandos “neutralized” five members of the YPG in northern Syria as they were trying to “infiltrate into the region of Peace Spring aiming to destroy peace and security environment.”

Turkish security forces have long been conducting operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq where the group has hideouts. These operations are intensified in the past few months. PKK members often use northern Iraq to launch cross-border attacks in Turkey.

Turkey sees the YPG group as the Syrian branch of the PKK. The Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019, and Operation Spring Shield in 2020 in northern Syria in order to create a YPG-free zone along its border within the neighboring country.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the EU, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for over 30 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

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Turkey’s drillship sails off to Black Sea for new mission

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Turkey’s Fatih drillship sailed off to the Black Sea from Istanbul on Friday to conduct new drilling activities in the region.

Fatih’s deep drilling mission will start on July 15 in the Black Sea at a location called Tuna-1, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said at a ceremony at Istanbul’s Haydarpasa port before the vessel’s departure.

Donmez also noted that Turkey will begin oil exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea within three to four months as part of an agreement with the Libyan government.

He said the Turkish Petroleum Corporation applied to Libya to carry out oil exploration in its licensed area in the Mediterranean.

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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surpass 162,000; Iran’s tally exceeds 146,000

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Turkey’s tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed 162,000 on Friday, while Iran’s total number of confirmed cases exceeded 146,000.

Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, reported 1,141 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 162,120.

In the last 24 hours, 28 more people died, taking the death toll to 4,489, and some 1,594 patients recovered.

Mosques across Turkey reopened on Friday after 74 days of closure as part of the normalization process amid a slowdown in the COVID-19 spread.

Many citizens in Istanbul gathered at the Sultanahmet Mosque for the Friday prayer at noon, following the social distancing rule.

Turkey on Friday also announced that the country will resume judicial work from June 1 as part of the normalization plan from the COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of the plan, the judicial activities will start in regional courthouses, regional administration, administrative, and tax courts starting on June 1.

The Iranian health ministry on Friday reported 2,819 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number in the country to 146,668.

Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said 50 patients died over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,677.

Saudi Arabia‘s COVID-19 cases increased on Friday to 81,766 with the registration of 1,581 new infections.

Saudi Arabia also reported 17 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 458, the health ministry said. The tally of recoveries stood at 57,013 after 2,460 more patients recovered.

Qatar’s health ministry on Friday announced 1,993 new infections of the novel coronavirus, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 52,907.

Egypt on Thursday set a new record of single-day rise in COVID-19 infections, with 1,289 new cases confirmed, bringing the total cases to 22,082.

The Egyptian Health Ministry also reported 34 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the death toll in the most populous Arab country to 879.

Kuwait reported 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 25,184 and the death toll to 194.

The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Friday 811 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 9,820.

The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday said that the daily increase of COVID-19 cases in the country jumped to 416, the highest so far, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 5,873.

The United Arab Emirates announced 638 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the country to 33,170.

Israel’s Ministry of Health reported 115 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily increase since May 1, bringing the total cases to 16,987.

This is the fifth consecutive day that the number of patients has risen, after only five new patients were diagnosed on May 24.

In early May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that if the number of daily new patients exceeds 100, there would be a halt in removing restrictions in Israel.

The Moroccan health ministry on Friday reported 71 new infections with COVID-19, bringing the total number in the North African country to 7,714.

Tunisian Ministry of Health announced the detection of three new imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infected people to 1,071.

Yemen’s Health Ministry on Friday confirmed five new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 283 in the country’s provinces controlled by the government.

Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections increased on Friday by four cases to 1,172, while the death toll remained unchanged at 26.

The Lebanese cabinet has imposed a few days ago a fine of 50,000 Lebanese pounds (33 U.S. dollars) on those who do not wear masks while walking on the streets or using public transportation.

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