Turkey has seen a significant drop in the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients.
The number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition in the country has fallen to less than 2,000 for the first time in three months thanks to the strict coronavirus measures in place since December 1, 2020, according to the Ministry of Health of country.
While the number of critically ill patients was 991 on September 1, 2020, it rose to 1,017 on September 2, 2020.
The number rose to 1,516 at the end of September and reached 2,075, surpassing 2,000 for the first time on October 31, 2020.
As coronavirus cases were on the rise in November, the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients quickly rose to 3,001 on November 10, 4,121 on November 21 and 5,011 on November 29.
On November 30, stepping up measures against a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced new restrictions, including a curfew on weekdays and a full curfew on weekends. .
After reaching the highest number of critically ill patients with 5,988 on December 15, 2020, it has started to drop day by day thanks to the measures.
Scientists warn people shouldn’t stop complying with coronavirus measures just because the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign has started, saying they should continue to follow measures such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance.
Dr Mustafa Necmi Ilhan, dean of the medical faculty of Gazi University in the capital Ankara and member of the Social Science Council of the Ministry of Health, pointed out that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition is down in Turkey thanks to coronavirus measures.
“As we know, the number of cases of viruses and [symptomatic] patients fall first, then those in critical condition. The decrease in the number of critically ill patients, unfortunately, cannot be as fast as the decrease in the number of cases and patients, ”Ilhan added.
Stressing that a decrease in the number of cases in a country is not enough to end the epidemic, he urged all countries to comply with restrictive measures and to roll out vaccination campaigns.
* Written by Seda Sevencan
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