Visitors are seen at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 19, 2020. The tourism in Istanbul is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey confirmed 1,538 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 301,348 in the country, the Turkish Health Ministry announced. (Xinhua/Xu Suhui)
ANKARA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Turkey confirmed 1,538 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 301,348 in the country, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.
Meanwhile, 68 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,445, according to the data shared by the ministry.
A total of 1,312 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 266,117 in Turkey since the outbreak.
The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients is 7 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 1,432.
Turkish health professionals conducted 97,416 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall number of tests to 9,173,694.
Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case on March 11.
Turkey and China have supported each other in the fight against COVID-19. Chinese doctors and medical experts held video conferences with Turkish counterparts to share China's experience in treating coronavirus patients, protecting medical workers, and controlling the spread of the virus. Enditem