More than 622,000 cases were reported on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to nearly four million since the epidemic began.
In the last 24 hours, 62,797 new coronavirus cases and 279 deaths have been reported in Turkey, the highest daily figures since the outbreak began.
The total number of cases registered in Turkey has exceeded four million, including Wednesday’s number.
The total death toll rose to 34,737.
On Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that, starting Wednesday, some new restrictions and “partial closures” would be imposed for the first two weeks of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in order to escalate the lawsuits.
“In recent times, the rising number of cases and deaths, mainly in metropolitan cities, is instructing us to re-enforce the system … We cannot remain observers in this regard,” Erdogan said.
Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Erdogan said the one-week curfew had been extended, announced restrictions on intercity travel and public transport controls and banned all events in closed areas until after Ramadan.
He said measures could be further strengthened in two weeks.
“If, during this two-week period, we do not achieve the expected improvement in the image we are targeting, then it will be inevitable that more drastic measures will be implemented.”
Since the beginning of March, Erdogan has eased social sanctions and the number of new cases has increased fivefold.
On Monday, the health minister warned of a third peak in the epidemic.
Turkey ranks seventh in the world in 19 CUVID cases.