Turkey will declare asymptomatic COVID-19 cases as of next week: paper

ISTANBUL (Reuters)-The Turkish minister for health said in remarks published Sunday after criticism that the announcement of only symptomatic cases happened in the field of infections. Turkey was about to announce the amount of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases from October 15.

Turkey updated its regular coronavirus update by the end of July to indicate the volume of 'patients' rather than 'cases.'

During a news conference on Sept 30, Koca said that only the amount of positive COVID-19 symptoms was shared by government.

The practice was denounced by medicine and opposition groups, arguing that it was designed to conceal the true magnanimity of the pandemic and to keep the economy going.

The Health Minister Fahrettin Koca quoted in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper as saying, "We will begin (release all numbers) on the 15th day."

We'll report this to the International Health Organisation (WHO) "even if the cross-sectional findings indicate no signs.

According to the interview, cross-sectional screening checks are carried out at airports, jails and to citizens who go outside the world, among other items.

Following its acknowledgment that it did not publish the maximum amount of positive regular cases, Turkey was placed in the UK quarantine on the list of arrivals.

Koca said after an interview, Turkey will proceed to perform field checks for coronavirus cases.

In recent weeks, Turkey has recorded an average of 1,500 patients with symptomatic coronavirus per day while the estimated respiratory deaths are 8,778, according to reports from the health department.

(Writing by William Maclean Ezgi Erkoyun)

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