Police officers in the southern province of Adana chased off crowds by shooting guns in the air during the nationwide curfew for Eid al-Fitr. The crowds were in violation of the nationwide curfew that aims to prevent large gatherings that are traditional to the end of Ramadan.
The number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients in Turkey had increased for two days as of May 24, a spike that comes nearly two weeks after the re-opening of malls, hairdressers and small businesses on May 11. The number of patients who died from the virus have also increased with 32 fatalities on May 24, five more persons than the death toll of May 22.
Turkish Spider-Man Burak Soylu has distributed candy to entertain children at home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "I threw candy to children in their balconies. They experienced Eid to some extent. I'm happy to see children smile," he said.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 to total 4,276 and new confirmed cases rose by 952 to bring the country’s total to 154,500, Health Ministry data showed on May 22.
An inmate has died of the novel coronavirus in Istanbul's Silivri Prison, whereas the number of patients infected with the virus in the prison increased to 82, prosecutors announced on May 22.
A deputy from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said that inmates from the southeastern Bayburt Prison reported being given one mask to share among eight of them and a lack of hot water for the past two months. Inmates also reported prison guards who come in close contact with the inmates, violating COVID-19 measures.
Turkey's Health Ministry warned citizens against fraudulent mobile applications and websites that pose as official systems. These applications offer citizens money and use variations of the ministry's name, Health Ministry Healthy Solutions account tweeted.
A total of 258,651 senior citizens and their companions have been given travel permits in one day after the government eased inter-province travel restrictions for those aged 65 and over.
Several Turkish healthcare workers have protested the Health Ministry for providing only certain medical staff with temporary supplementary payments during the coronavirus epidemic. They said that the healthcare system functions as a whole with the cooperation of all staff and such a discriminatory policy has not only damaged the solidarity ties, but also worsened the already existing wage inequality in the sector.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 to total 4,249 and new confirmed cases rose by 961 to bring the country’s total to 153,548, Health Ministry data showed on May 21.
Crossings between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides of the divided island and sealed shut by the coronavirus lockdown will gradually start reopening from June 8.
The chairman of one of Turkey's largest tourism agencies warned that the collapse of the tourism industry would have nationwide implications. The second largest tour operator in Turkey, Jolly Tours is expecting a 20 percent drop in revenue from the initial targets for the year.
The neighborhood head (muhtar) of the eastern village of İçmeler blocked off the entrance, and hung up a banner that reads "Entrances to the village are banned because of corona!" The muhtar also takes visitors' temperatures and only allows residents to enter.
Following the Ramadan holiday, it is expected that clinics in Turkey will start to function as normal with certain conditions imposed based on the decline in the number of new daily cases. While expecting a busy wave of patients at all medical facilities, medical experts urge the government to review the health system's needs.
Turkish professor from Harvard Medical School Emrah Altındiş slammed the Turkish Health Ministry's announcement that the COVID-19 reproduction rate had dropped by 50% in the past week. Altındiş also criticized Health Minister Fahrettin Koca's prediction that a second wave of infections wasn't expected.