Turkey’s confirmed coronavirus cases shot up to 86,306, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday, the highest total for any country in the Middle East and North African region and outside Europe or the United States.
Earlier on Saturday, Koca had said that the country’s cases numbering 86,306 had overtaken neighboring Iran for the first time to register the highest total in the Middle East.
Turkey only reported its first coronavirus patient on March 10, but has seen the number of confirmed cases rise sharply since then. It now has the seventh-highest total in the world. So far it has tested more than 634,000 people.