By Jeyhun Aliyev and Seda Sevencan
ANKARA (AA) - As many as 63 more people died of coronavirus in Turkey in the past 24 hours, the Turkish health minister said on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 277.
The tally of confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 15,679, as 2,148 more people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, Fahrettin Koca announced on the public broadcaster.
A total of 333 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals since the beginning of the outbreak, according to the latest figures.
Some 979 patients are being treated at intensive care units.
Also, 14,396 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours and the number of overall tests carried out so far stood at 106,799.
After originating in China last December, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread to at least 180 countries and regions across the world, with its epicenter shifting to Europe.
The virus has killed more than 44,200 people and infected over 887,000 globally, while above 185,500 people recovered from the disease, according to figures collated by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.