The number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey fell below 1,000 for the first time in two years on Sunday, raising hopes that the final remaining restrictions, such as the use of protective masks, will be lifted, while scientists say the pandemic is no longer a severe concern.

All restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic have been reduced to one question: when will the masks used on public transportation be phased out? It appears quite suddenly. After dropping below 1,000 on Sunday, Turkey’s health minister offered to relax mask regulations if the COVID-19 infection rate remained constant for another three days.

According to health ministry data, 5 people died from COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, while 1,019 people recovered. There were 118,852 tests in total. “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for a long time.” Over a thousand reported incidents have been canceled. So far this year, five people have died. If there are fewer than 1,000 instances in three days, masks will be optional rather than mandated on public transportation” Turkey’s Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, announced on Twitter. Turkey has provided about 147.67 million immunizations since the immunization campaign began in January 2021. More than 57.83 million people have received their first immunizations, with more than 53.05 million having finished their vaccinations.

Turkey’s long-standing interior mask prohibition, except for public transit and hospitals, was eased last month to allow more individuals to use them. According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, at least 192 nations and territories have registered more than 525.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 6.27 million deaths since December 2019.

Turkey first documented a decline in daily instances below 1,000 in August of 2020, when the most recent data was made public. Since April, the number of daily cases has dropped by 75%. By March 11, 2020, almost two weeks after the first coronavirus case was reported in Turkey, there were 1,196 illnesses. Daily cases reached nearly 110,000 during the pandemic’s peak, before dropping to about 2,000 last month. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the mask mandate would be repealed as soon as the number of those wearing masks fell below 1,000.

Furthermore, the number of deaths caused by this illness has decreased significantly in Turkey, with only 159 individuals dying from the virus so far this month, compared to 738 deaths in April.

According to Tevfik Zlü, a member of the Health Ministry’s Scientific Advisory Board for Coronavirus, Turkey is in “much better shape” than it was previously. He told TRT Haber on Monday, “I believe we are getting closer to a situation where there are no fatalities.” According to zlü, the “psychological threshold” of 1,000 everyday incidences would alleviate people’s concerns. The pandemic appears to be under control at this stage. It no longer poses a significant threat to the broader public. The danger of illness decreases as more people spend time outside during the summer. The pandemic may be gone before the end of the summer. He wasn’t going anywhere.

The epidemic, according to Zlü, could not be contained unless people were immunized. Vaccination rates in low-income countries are on the rise. “Many countries did not meet their vaccination targets.” Turkey fared admirably in terms of vaccination. More than half of individuals who have received two doses of the vaccine have done so. Many people have recovered from the illness and are no longer susceptible to it. “The omicron version made this generally known,” he emphasized.

He’s still encouraging people to be cautious if they come into contact with someone who appears to be ill. “The risk exists as long as there are a large number of people nearby (like at a concert or rally).” “You might want to consider wearing a mask.” He remarked. According to him, the virus’s death rate has also fallen dramatically. “The fatality rate from Ebola is now lower than that of influenza.” Nothing to be concerned about. Regardless of its prevalence in our lives, coronavirus will be a prevalent illness and infection that we will all suffer from at some point, “he said. 

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