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Turkey’s virus cases nearly twice the low touched in early July

ISTANBUL, July 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s daily coronavirus cases rose to 8,780 on Tuesday, nearly double a low water mark touched earlier this month, while 46 new related deaths were logged, according to the government tally.

Infections remain well down from a wave in April-May when new COVID-19 cases peaked above 60,000. They fell to 4,418 on July 4 in the wake of a stringent lockdown that ended in mid-May.

The government lifted most of the last restrictions this month.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer and Can Sezer; Editing by Chris Reese

IMAGE: People walk along a street at Eminonu district in Istanbul, Turkey, during a nationwide lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), May 5, 2021.

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