Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Turkey has been declining steadily since June 25, but cautioned the public not to flout measures in place to stem the spread of the virus. "Let's not forget that these decreases [in case numbers] are happening slowly, whereas increases are happening suddenly," he said.
The World Health Organization and Turkey on July 9 signed an agreement to open a WHO office in Istanbul. The WHO already has a country office in the capital Ankara. Speaking in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the WHO's new office will guide efforts to meet current needs in the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it sent millions of masks, gloves, goggles and other items worth $1.7 million to protect healthcare professionals and other frontline workers in Turkey from COVID-19. "WHO has also assisted the Ministry of Health to track the spread of COVID-19 in Istanbul, one of the cities hit hardest by the pandemic," it said.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country will soon start mass production of favipiravir, a drug used in COVID-19 treatment, as the licensing process is expected to be completed in a couple of days. Koca said that the country will sell it on the international market and also use it to treat its own coronaviurus patients.
The governor's offices of Istanbul and Ankara have banned send-off celebrations for conscripts on the grounds that they pose a risk in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Media outlets have been recently showing people in these informal ceremonies flouting the social distancing rules.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that Turkish hospitals have been running at an ICU bed occupancy rate of between 59-61 percent for the last month. Koca’s remarks came as Turkey registered 1,053 new virus cases and 19 new fatalities on July 7.
Northern Cyprus will be maintaining a requirement for travelers from Turkey to get tested both before their departure, and upon their arrival. Northern Cyprus placed Turkey in a medium-risk group along with Italy, Spain and France.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the society is failing to comply with the coronavirus measures which is why the country's daily cases are not dropping below 1,000. Koca's remarks came as Turkey registered 1,086 new virus cases and 16 new fatalities on July 6.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned against a rising number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care on July 5. The number of patients in intensive care spiked by 34 on July 5, reaching 1,127.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has warned the nation that the novel coronavirus' spread is quite fast. "It is taking time for the cases to decrease," he wrote on Twitter. The minister's statements came as Turkey reported 1,172 new infections and 19 new fatalities from the virus.
The British government on July 3 unveiled a list of safe destinations from where travelers will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they enter England. The list covers 59 countries, including Turkey and the measure will take effect from July 10.
Turkey’s Health Ministry releases COVID-19 breakdown by patient region, age, gender for the first time
Turkey's Health Ministry has for the first time given a breakdown of the region, age and gender of patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19. The ministry said in its report that Istanbul has registered over half of the cases, with 108,749 patients during the period of March 11 - June 28. The report came as Turkey registered 1,186 new infections and 17 new fatalities on July 2.
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has called on citizens of Turkish descent not to visit Turkey unless it is "mandatory," saying holidays or family visits are not essential. "Going to a country on the orange list is irresponsible and is an anti-social behavior," Nieuwenhuizen said. Netherlands’ coronavirus travel advice for Turkey currently stands at ‘orange’: travel only if absolutely essential.
Istanbul accounts for nearly 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 1. The age group with the highest number of cases recorded nationwide is 25 to 45 years, Koca also said. The minister's comments came as Turkey identified more than 200,000 coronavirus cases with 1,192 new cases diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.
A new testing center in Istanbul Airport will offer all passengers COVID-19 tests for 110 Turkish Liras each (about $16). The center's capacity is an hourly 2,000.