ANKARA, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Thursday confirmed 27,844 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of infections in the country to 6,960,297.
The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 217 to 62,524, while 21,267 more people recovered in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish Health Ministry.
A total of 356,132 tests were conducted over the past day, the ministry said.
Turkey started its mass COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.
More than 53.18 million people have received their first doses of vaccines, while over 43 million have taken their second doses. Turkey has so far administered over 106.89 million doses including the third booster jabs.