President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 20 Turkey had lost some ground in its battle with the coronavirus but a focus on hygiene, masks and social distancing will protect people and help the economy rebound in the second half of the year. "The numbers in recent days show that we have lost our position in the fight against the epidemic," Erdoğan said in a televised address. "
An Istanbul corn vendor puts a mask on his pet goat whenever they go outside to raise awareness about COVID-19. He said that most people congratulate him and that a police officer even told him he was proud of him.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Turkey on June 16 confirmed 1,467 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total tally to 181,298. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that "some regions and group behaviors" were responsible from the recent rise in infection figures.
Turkish officials have been offering conflicting statements on coronavirus deaths in prisons. There are indeed inmates who have died in jail after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to lawyer Şule Recepoğlu from the Human Rights Association prison commission.
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members noted that the announcement of the Turkish COVID-19 drug was unusually fast, and the information about the drug itself was unfounded. Meanwhile, one member said that the country was far from having overcome the outbreak, which he said was evident in the inconsistency of new numbers of cases each day.