By Gozde Bayar and Havva Kara Aydin
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey registered 28,351 more coronavirus infections, including 6,814 symptomatic cases, over the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday.
The total number of symptomatic cases in the country reached 467,730.
Following a meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the number of asymptomatic cases will also be shared from today.
Turkey saw 168 fatalities over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day spike in the country, bringing the death toll to 12,840.
A total of 3,911 patients recovered over the past day, bringing the tally to 385,480.
Around 164,547 COVID-19 tests were done across the country, bringing the total to date to over 17.73 million.
The number of patients in critical condition now stands at 4,641.
Koca said the country’s the daily test capacity will reach more than 200,000 in coming days.
He underlined that the virus situation got worse in the country as of the second week of October.
If people do not follow the measures resolutely, heavy restrictions would be inevitable, he added.
Koca stressed the country carried out widespread filiation work, rapid detection of cases, early treatment and the free-of-charge medicine supply to patients isolated at home.
Starting this week, Turkey imposed a partial weekend curfew from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. local time.
The pandemic has claimed more than 1.41 million lives in 191 countries and regions since last December, according to the US' Johns Hopkins University.
While the US, India, and Brazil remain the worst-hit countries in terms of the number of cases, Europe is in the grip of a devastating second wave of infections.