Turkey's COVID-19 deaths up to mid-May levels as new cases dip

FILE PHOTO: An ambulance is parked on a main street as medics make public announcement from it to convince people to get vaccinated amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Diyarbakir, Turkey July 27, 2021. Picture taken July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey reported 244 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, near the highest level since mid-May, while new cases dipped to 18,340, according to official government data.

The rise in daily COVID-19 deaths since mid-July has been among the sharpest among peers in Europe and the Middle East, global data shows, though new cases have dipped this month.

Turkey reported 257 deaths on Thursday, the most since May 11 when 278 were recorded as the third wave of infections eased.

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