Turkey Plans to Release Data on Asymptomatic Cases From Thursday – Bloomberg

A local resident handles lira banknotes while shopping at the Fatih outdoor food market in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The lira is the worst performer among 31 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg this week, failing to join a rebound in global markets as investors find some hope on slower coronavirus death rates in Europe. Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Turkey will start releasing the number of its asymptomatic coronavirus cases from Oct. 15, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

“Hereafter, we will share cross-sectional screenings even if there is no symptom,” Koca was quoted as saying in an interview with daily newspaper Hurriyet on Sunday. “We will report these to the World Health Organization.”

Turkey stopped announcing all of its coronavirus cases at the end of July and has since only disclosed the number of patients who test positive and showed symptoms. Koca acknowledged that shift in policy last month, triggering criticism from opposition parties.

Official data as of Oct. 10 showed 334,031 people in Turkey have been identified as coronavirus patients since the outbreak began, with 8,778 deaths.

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