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#Coronavirus: Turkey death toll passes 1,000

#Coronavirus: Turkey death toll passes 1,000
Saturday, 11 April, 2020, 12:20

Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus reached 1,006 on Friday, with 98 more people dying from the disease, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The country now has 47,029 confirmed cases, having administered more than 307,000 tests, according to official figures. The number of confirmed infections rose by 4,747.

Late on Friday, Turkey announced a weekend-long curfew in its 30 biggest cities. It is now the second hardest-hit country in the region after Iran, where Covid-19 has killed more than 4,200 people.

Ankara had imposed strict measures to curb the spread of the virus - banning all public gatherings, shutting down the borders of dozens of cities, closing schools, suspending flights from many countries and imposing a curfew on senior citizens and most people under the age of 20.