Ankara, Jan 17 (IANS) More than 675,000 health workers in Turkey have received the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac during the first three days of the country's inoculation program, the Health Ministry said.
The country started mass vaccination for Covid-19 on January 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese vaccine, reports Xinhua news agency.
The vaccination program will move on to adults living in nursing homes, people aged 65 and above, and those working in specific sectors after covering over one million healthcare workers.
Turkey received the first shipment of three million doses of vaccines from China at the end of December, as part of a bigger deal, and expects to get more in the upcoming period.
On Saturday, the country reported 7,550 new Covid-19 cases, including 902 symptomatic patients, as the total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 2,380,665, the Ministry announced.
The death toll from the virus rose by 168 to 23,832, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,254,052 after 8,005 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours.
The rate of pneumonia in Covid-19 patients stands at 4.5 per cent and the number of seriously ill patients is 2,265 in the country, said the Ministry.
A total of 156,792 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests in Turkey reaching 27,223,445.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Oil marketing companies have spared consumers of yet another petrol and diesel price hike even though the global oil market is on the boil with crude reaching within touching distance of year-high-level of $70 a barrel.
Petrol continues to be priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital on Saturday. Across the country too, the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged.
This is seventh consecutive day when pump prices of auto fuels have remains unchanged.
After a spike in global oil prices seen over last two weeks with crude price jumping close to $67 a barrel, prices had fallen to around $63 a barrel but it rose again to cross $69 a barrel mark now after after the OPEC+ decision to continue with crude production cut in April.
Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, price have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol while diesel rate has risen by Rs 4.34 a litre in Delhi.
The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.
The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.
Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.