New figures show rise in COVID-19 in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Izmir

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Weekly figures announced by the Health Ministry, which offers an overview of coronavirus clusters, indicate that the capital Ankara and Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, are now seeing a rise in cases. The country’s most populous city, Istanbul, on the other hand, recorded a decline.

The figures released on Monday cover the week from January 15 to January 21. Although the numbers have changed, the difference is slight. In Istanbul, for example, the number of cases per 100,000 people fell to around 1,245 from 1,571, while it fell from around 725 to an average of 629 per 100,000 people in the capital. In Izmir, they rose from 714 to 729. Istanbul continues to have the highest number of cases.

Still, public concern is high in the country, which has repeatedly broken daily records for the number of cases associated with the fast-spreading omicron variant. Last week, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca assured the public that the rise should not worry people, noting that although the numbers are high, the disease is not as bad as it was in the world. cases of previous strains of COVID-19.

According to the weekly figures, Turkey’s eastern provinces, which have long topped the list of places with the fewest cases, once again recorded the lowest numbers. Van, Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman had the lowest number of cases per 100,000 people, at 29, 48 and 58, respectively. Erzurum, another eastern province, tops the list of places with the highest increase in cases, ahead of Bursa in the northwest and the provinces of Çankırı, Yalova and Erzincan.

Istanbul had the highest number of cases, ahead of its eastern neighbor Kocaeli, where the number was around 930 per 100,000. Indeed, most provinces with a high number of weekly cases are neighboring or close to Istanbul, point transit between Asia and Europe. Kırklareli and Edirne, located to the west of the megalopolis, and Yalova to the south, are among them.

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