Workers spray disinfectant at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey to prevent the spread of the coronavirus [Umit Bektas /Reuters]

Ankara, Turkey – Since declaring its first coronavirus case three weeks ago, Turkey has recorded one of the steepest trajectories of new cases in the world, amid fears it could become a hot spot of the pandemic.

The rapid rise in cases – 18,135 confirmed infections and 356 deaths as of late Thursday – has seen Turkey overtake other G20 states such as South Korea and Canada that reported cases of the virus weeks earlier.


It has also left Turks asking if the country might be following the path of Italy, which has recorded more than 110,000 cases.

“Turkey has the highest

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