Kocaeli Medical Chamber chairman Ömer Ardaman has said it is extremely worrying that football players are being tested for COVID-19 more frequently than medical workers. "You are even conducting tests twice a week on football players that are not coming into contact with patients but you are not testing healthcare workers, this is an extreme situation,” Ardaman said.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya has urged COVID-19 patients who are self-isolating at home not to leave their houses under any circumstance. Yerlikaya said that local governor's offices have been meeting the needs of these patients in every way possible. Those who do not comply with the quarantine rules are imposed an administrative fine and also face criminal charges, the governor said.
Batman governor and police chief were seen flouting the coronavirus measures during a wedding party, daily Sözcü reported on Aug. 24. Gov. Hulusi Şahin had his photo taken without his mask on, whereas Police Chief Köroğlu Kıraç performed halay dance with guests.
The administration of Izmir's Dokuz Eylül University has launched disciplinary investigations against healthcare workers who demonstrated in front of the university's hospital over its suspension of supplementary payments it owed to the workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
A top official from Turkey's Health Ministry warned against the misconception in society that coronavirus isn't contracted on the beach or in water. "You should also watch your distance in water," said Mustafa Necmi İlhan.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee member Prof. Özlem Kurt Azap said that everyone should be administered free flu shots before the influenza season kicks off in October. Azap said that flu patients could overwhelm the health system, which is why extensive vaccination should be carried out, especially if schools reopen.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has said that number of daily coronavirus infections in Ankara alone amount to approximately 1,000, thereby disputing the official figures which put the daily nationwide tally at around this level. The TTB's statement came as Ankara provincial directorate of health on Aug. 4 ordered all hospitals in the city to allocate at least half of their beds for the use of COVID-19 patients.
Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned that precautions of citizens against the novel virus should be ramped up in order to curb down the daily confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Confirmed cases increased by 996 in the past 24 hours, and 19 more people have died, taking the death toll to 5,170.
Two senior Turkish officials have told Reuters that the daily COVID-19 infection rate may need to dip below the more than 900 seen recently for the government to reopen all schools across the country. One of the officials said classes might have to remain online for some southeastern provinces. "The normalization is under way ... but the numbers should have fallen faster."
Deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently passed legislation to further delay the mandate for small workplaces to employ safety experts. Although the workplace safety bill was passed in 2012, it hasn't been implemented yet.
Initial results of a fresh study showed that Konya's sewage has the highest COVID-19 concentration among all Turkish provinces, followed by Istanbul. A researcher has said that after Konya and Istanbul came Bursa, İzmit, İzmir and Antalya's certain regions.
84 percent of Turkish citizens expect a second wave of the novel coronavirus epidemic, based on the results of a survey conducted from June 29-July 2 among more than 2,000 people in all of the country’s 81 provinces. 90 percent of people surveyed indicated that the virus had negatively impacted Turkey's economy.
A party on the Istanbul Bosphorus was raided by police and 49 partygoers were fined a total of 154,350 Turkish Liras (over $20,000). The owners of the boat were detained for legal action.
The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) will return registration fees paid by pilgrims who have applied and were chosen to go on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. More than two million people from Turkey applied to partake in the Hajj before the coronavirus lockdowns.
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate banned the killing of sacrifices in the streets and mandated that professional altars work on an appointment-only basis during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday. The directorate also issued a series of guidelines requiring safe distancing, wearing masks and health checks for professional altars.