Over 10 mn Turks have received two doses of vaccine

Ankara: Over 10 million Turkish citizens have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the ongoing nationwide vaccination program, the Health Ministry’s data showed on Thursday.

Turkey launched the program in mid-January with China’s Sinovac vaccine and recently the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was included, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Last week, Turkish authorities also approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use.

The government launched a full lockdown from April 29 to May 17 to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Nepal on Thursday reported 9,070 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 368,580.

The death toll in the country reached 3,529 with 54 Covid-related fatalities in the last 24 hours.

According to the country’s health ministry, the positivity rate for Thursday stood at 42.90 per cent. Rupandehi, a district in southwestern Nepal, has been ravaged by the deadly second wave of the disease. The district saw at least 1,069 new cases today.

Meanwhile, Kathmandu valley, the country’s worst-affected place, added 3,972 cases including the highest number of 3,163 in the Kathmandu district alone.