Turkey's coronavirus death toll rises by 98 to 1,296: health minister

FILE PHOTO: Paramedics escort a woman as she walks toward an ambulance during a two-day curfew which was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 4,093 in the past 24 hours, and 98 more people have died, taking the death toll to 1,296, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday.

The total number of cases in the country stood at 61,049, he said.

A total of 3,957 people have recovered so far, and the number of tests carried out over the past 24 hours was 34,456, the minister said.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Alison Williams