Turkey reports 29,762 new COVID-19 cases

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ANKARA, March 24 (Xinhua) — Turkey on Wednesday confirmed 29,762 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,142 symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 3,091,282, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 146 to 30,462, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,881,643 after 17,761 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours.

The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients stands at 4.2 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 1,720 in the country, said the ministry.

A total of 221,738 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests in Turkey reaching 36,990,175.

The country started mass vaccination for COVID-19 on Jan. 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine. More than 8,153,000 people have been vaccinated so far.

Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case on March 11, 2020.

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