By Havva Kara Aydin
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey on Saturday confirmed over 1,922 more recoveries, with 80% of all patients recovering from the novel coronavirus nationwide, according to the health minister.
The total number of recoveries from the disease has reached 135,322, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.
“The majority of patients who tested positive recovered from the disease without symptoms and at home,” he said.
“A total of 41 patients were sent to hospitals due to COVID-19 across all 81 provinces,” he added.
Over the last 24 hours, 21 new fatalities were reported, taking the death toll to 4,669.
Healthcare professionals did 35,846 tests for the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the total number to more than 2.3 million.
According to the test results, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 169,218 with 878 new infections.
Currently, some 264 patients are being treated in intensive care, the ministry data showed.
Since first appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.
The US, Brazil, Russia, and several European countries are currently the hardest hit in the world.
The pandemic has killed nearly 396,000 people worldwide, with more than 6.78 million confirmed cases and some 2.7 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.