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.

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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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