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ANKARA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkey reported a record 93,586 daily COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 11,343,693, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 210 to 86,871, while 85,503 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.

The country's daily COVID-19 cases have rapidly surged to record high levels in the past weeks following the spread of the Omicron variant.

"The virus is not as strong as it once was. There's no need to be concerned about the rising numbers," Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted on Friday.

He said Turkish citizens could go about their daily lives as usual by taking precautions, but urged protection for the elderly and those suffering chronic diseases.

Turkey began its mass COVID-19 inoculation on Jan. 14, 2021 after authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.

More than 57.39 million people in Turkey have received their first doses of the vaccine, while more than 52.35 million have received their second doses.

Turkey has so far administered more than 141.61 million doses, including the third booster jabs.

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