Fri, 24 Sep 2021

ISTANBUL, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The daily COVID-19 cases in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul increased by 50 percent compared to two weeks ago, Istanbul Provincial Health Director Kemal Memisoglu announced Wednesday.

"In the last 10 days, there has also been an increase in hospitalizations, albeit low," Memisoglu told the Ihlas news agency, urging residents to get vaccinated for a comfortable autumn.

He noted that August would be very strategic in terms of obtaining herd immunity with a higher vaccination rate.

So far, 65 percent of the eligible population has been vaccinated with at least one dose in Istanbul, Memisoglu said.

The rate of those who received two doses reached 41 percent in the city of over 16.5 million people, he continued, noting Istanbul has all kinds of infrastructure facilities for a higher vaccination speed.

Istanbul recorded 88 infections for every 100,000 people between July 17-23, according to the Health Ministry.

The daily COVID-19 cases jumped to 19,761 on Tuesday in Turkey, the ministry said.

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