Turkey will declare asymptomatic COVID-19 cases as of next week: paper
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will start declaring the number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases from October 15, its health minister said in the remarks released on Sunday after criticizing that disclosing only symptomatic cases does Concealed extent of infection.
In late July, Turkey changed the wording of its daily coronavirus report to show the number of "patients" instead of "cases". At a press conference on September 30, Koca said the government was only sharing the number of COVID-19 positive cases with symptoms.
Medics and opposition parties criticized the practice, saying it aims to hide the true extent of the pandemic and keep the economy moving.
"We will start on the 15th (all figures will be published)," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was quoted as saying in an interview with the daily Hurriyet.
"We will share the results of the cross-sectional screening even though they show no symptoms. We will report these to the World Health Organization (WHO)."
Cross-sectional screening tests are carried out at airports, prisons and for people going abroad, among other places, Koca said according to the interview.
Turkey was placed in English quarantine on the arrival list after confirming that it had not published the full number of daily positive COVID-19 cases.
Turkey will continue to conduct field screening tests for coronavirus cases, Koca said, according to the interview.
Turkey has reported an average of 1,500 symptomatic coronavirus patients per day in the past few weeks, while the total number of deaths from respiratory disease is 8,778, according to the Ministry of Health.
(Letter from Ezgi Erkoyun, editing by William Maclean)
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