Turkey’s daily COVID-19 deaths hit a record high of 141

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 deaths hit a record high of 141
A health worker administers a dose of Sinovac Biotech potential vaccine against COVID-19 to a doctor during the 3rd phase trials at a hospital in Istanbul. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 November 2020

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 deaths hit a record high of 141

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 deaths hit a record high of 141
  • Since July, Ankara has only reported symptomatic COVID-19 patients, a move critics say hides the true scale of the outbreak
  • On Tuesday, President Tayyip Erdogan announced tighter restrictions, including the introduction of weekend curfews

ANKARA: Turkey’s daily death toll from the coronavirus hit a record high of 141 on Friday, according to data from the Health Ministry, as the country braced for nationwide measures amid a surge in cases in recent weeks.
The data showed 5,103 new COVID-19 patients were recorded in the country, while the overall death toll rose to 12,084. Since July, Ankara has only reported symptomatic COVID-19 patients, a move critics say hides the true scale of the outbreak.
On Tuesday, President Tayyip Erdogan announced the tighter restrictions, including the introduction of weekend curfews and limitations on the opening hours of restaurants, cafes and shopping malls.


Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

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Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations
  • Alternate Prime Minister welcomed the return of contact between the Palestinian Authority and Israel
  • He called on Palestinians to coordinate with Israel on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz called on the Palestinians to return to negotiations and coordination regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel will provide COVID-19 vaccines for the Palestinians, Israeli Defense Minister said on Friday.

Gantz addressed the Palestinian public directly for the first time in a video posted on the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories's (COGAT) Arabic language Facebook page.

COGAT is a unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense that engages in coordinating civilian issues between the government,  international organizations and the Palestinian Authority.

The minister also claimed that Tel Aviv was ready to push for large projects in Gaza, provided that prisoners and missing persons are returned.

The proposed projects with Gaza will allow the exit of workers and joint industrial zones, he added.

“The Middle East is changing,” the minister said, touching on recent normalization agreements made between Israel and Arab countries.

“It is in your interest to integrate and to return to the negotiation table and create hope for the future of the next generations,” he said.