Turkey has world’s fastest rising infection rate

A woman wearing a protective face mask stands in front of the Turkish flag in Istanbul, Turkey. EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

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Turkey’s number of coronavirus infections is increasing by more than 3,000 a day, reaching 30,217 since the first case was confirmed four weeks ago.

Reported fatalities remain much lower than other badly hit countries, at 649, but the infection figures suggest Turkey has the fastest rising number of confirmed cases in the world.

The president, Recep Tayip Erdoğan, usually no stranger to heavy-handed tactics, has, however, resisted calls by doctors’ unions and opposition politicians to order people to stop going to work and stay home, insisting that the “wheels of the economy must keep turning”.

Turkey is still recovering from a 2018 currency crash, leading economists and policymakers to fear a coronavirus-induced recession is inevitable.

Read more via The Guardian

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