Turkey’s Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry released 19 tips for citizens over 65 to help protect themselves from Covid-19. While many of the items are basic hygiene protocol, number 14 did tell seniors to “maintain a positive attitude.”
A member of Turkish Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee has said that the epidemic will linger longer than just a few months and urged a curfew to be declared in provinces that have been hit by the virus the most.
A parliamentary doctor has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after developing symptoms last week. A statement released by the Parliament Speaker's Office said that officials had telephoned people that had been examined by the doctor within the last 14 days and asked them to self-isolate as a precautionary measure.
Osman Bilgin, the governor of Turkey's northwestern province of Kırklareli, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Bilgin will be kept under quarantine for 14 days at his official residence.
Turkey’s deaths from the coronavirus increased by 46 to 214 on March 31, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,704 to 13,531, Health Ministry said. The ministry also said 15,422 tests had been conducted on March 31, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to 92,403 since the outbreak began.
There has not been a confirmed case of coronavirus case in Greek refugee camps, but that is a catastrophe waiting to happen, the UNHCR warned. In refugee camps where asylum seekers are poorly fed and suffer from various diseases, the results could be extreme, according to Dimitris Patestos, the head of the Lesbos branch of the Doctors of the World.
Residents of Turkey’s villages under quarantine claim that coronavirus was introduced to their population by pilgrims returning from Umrah, or visitors from Istanbul. Villages in the western Marmara region, the northern Black Sea region, central Anatolia and the southeast of the country were placed under quarantine to slow the spread of Covid-19.
A Turkish cameraman’s struggle with COVID-19: At least in a war you’ll know where an attack might come from
Pınar Öğünç reports: While it’s a cameraman's job to be out and about during breaking news situations, that doesn’t mean they don’t struggle with the coronavirus. “At least in a war you’ll know where an attack might come from. With this, the only thing you can do is watch your hygiene,” says an anonymous cameraman.
The Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions urged all employers March 31 to temporarily ban layoffs to prevent unemployment during the coronavirus outbreak. The confederation also called for a 15-day pause in production, except for urgent goods, and for the allocation of Turkey’s unemployment fund to workers in need.
Opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener has said that she donated money to Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu's campaigns that were launched to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as she also slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for launching a campaign to collect donations from Turkish citizens to contain the impact of the pandemic.
The use of public transportation in Turkey’s capital dropped by 84 percent in the month of March since the first coronavirus-positive patient in Turkey was diagnosed. While some 1.7 million people used public transportation in the city March 2, this number dropped to 271,783 by March 27.
Filiz Ünal, the head of Turkish Medical Association's family practitioners branch, said that they expect the pandemic to recur in September, as she urged the shortcomings in terms of medical equipment to be removed urgently. "There is an extraordinary chaos in terms of medical equipment and the operation," Ünal told Duvar.
Izmir mayor Tunç Soyer from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) joined Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in urging the government in Ankara to declare a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. While İmamoğlu has not specified a timeline for the lockdown he was suggesting for Istanbul, Soyer said that a two-week lockdown in Izmir would be beneficial.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has claimed that the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is above 2,000 in Istanbul. The association also said that the number of cases in the western province of İzmir is around 700, while nearly 70 patients are suspected of being infected with the virus in the southeastern province of Urfa.
A doctor at Izmir's Dokuz Eylül University has issued an apology to the public and to the government after a statement in which he said the number of cases of coronavirus and deaths caused by the virus in Turkey was worse than Italy's. The rector of the Dokuz Eylül University, former ruling Justice and Development Party deputy Nükhet Hotar, released a statement saying that Savran's statement had been misunderstood. Then Yusuf Savran released a new video in which he apologized to "elders in the state".