May 18, 2020 / 5:30 PM / 19 days ago

Turkey's coronavirus cases exceed 150,000 - health ministry

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge over the Bosphorus is seen partly covered by fog during a 4 day curfew amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Turkey rose to 150,593 on Monday, with 1,158 people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.

Turkey, with the ninth highest number of cases globally, has started taking steps to ease measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The number of daily cases has declined from a peak in April.

A total of 4,171 people have died from the respiratory disease, data showed, while 111,577 have recovered. Turkey has conducted more than 1.6 million tests since the outbreak began.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Chris Reese

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