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Turkey reports 54,791 new coronavirus cases, 354 more deaths - ministry

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ANKARA, April 22 (Reuters) - Turkey logged 54,791 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed on Thursday, down from a record of more than 63,000 cases reported last week.

The data also showed 354 people died due to COVID-19 in the same period, down from a record-high 362 a day earlier, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 37,329.

Turkey ranks fourth globally in number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally. Ankara has also tightened restrictions as infections and deaths surged to record highs after an easing of measures in March.

A curfew between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. is in place on weekdays, as well as full weekend lockdowns and other measures. A three-day lockdown that started at 1400 GMT on Thursday was also imposed due to Friday being a national holiday.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Edmund Blair)