AA / Ankara / Ahmet Gencturk and Zehra Nur Duz
Turkey has administered more than 97.14 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine since the launch of the vaccination campaign in January, according to official data released on Sunday.
Some 49.55 million people received their first dose of the vaccine, while more than 38.28 million were fully immunized, the health ministry said.
Data shows that 79.83% of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose of the two-dose vaccine.
Turkey also administered a third booster injection to more than 8.92 million people.
The health ministry also reported 19,391 new cases of coronavirus contamination and reported 269 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca shared a weekly table of data relating to the fight against the virus in each province between August 21 and August 27.
The number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants was 148.33 in Istanbul – which has nearly a fifth of Turkey’s population -, 194.96 in the capital Ankara and 43.3 in the Aegean province of Izmir.
Minister Koca also reaffirmed that schools will reopen their doors from next Monday, alongside the implementation of a new series of measures to fight the pandemic.
People who have not been vaccinated or who have not recently recovered from the coronavirus will have to present a negative PCR test to travel between provinces by plane, bus and train, according to these new measures.
Since December 2019, the pandemic has killed nearly 4.56 million people in 192 countries and regions around the world, with more than 220.5 million cases reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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