ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey recorded its highest every day variety of new COVID-19 sufferers Saturday because the nation’s first weekend curfew since June got here into power.

The Well being Ministry stated 5,532 folks with signs had been recognized in 24 hours, some 400 greater than had been recorded on the earlier report day in April. The Turkish authorities doesn’t publicly report confirmed coronavirus circumstances involving folks with out COVID-19 signs, a coverage that has been criticized for masking the true scope of the nationwide outbreak.

“The variety of our critical sufferers and our losses can also be hurting,” Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The nation’s whole variety of reported sufferers now stands at 440,805. Turkey on Saturday additionally reported 135 extra deaths on account of COVID-19, bringing its loss of life toll since March to 12,219.

A curfew order took impact at eight p.m. Saturday, a day after eating places, cafes and different companies had been ordered to close. The federal government lifted infection-prevention restrictions over the summer season, however President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced new limits final week because the variety of sufferers rose.