Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and two professors from the ministry's Science Commission have warned against the sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that the increase in the number of cases returned to the levels seen at the first days of the pandemic in the capital.
Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has tested positive positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) days after attending Friday prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia. Akay is the third AKP deputy to announce that he was diagnosed with coronavirus after attending the prayers.
Turkey might see surge in cases in 2 weeks due to COVID-19 violations during Eid al-Adha, say experts
Turkish Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee members have expressed their concerns over violations of coronavirus preventive measures during the Eid al-Adha holiday. They said Turkey might face a growing number of clusters of COVID-19 cases in two weeks time, given an incubation period of up to 14 days for the disease after exposure.
Experts have claimed that the Health Ministry has been hiding the actual number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country amid the worsening situation, as they pointed to the removal of two significant parameters from a chart shared daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. They also voiced concerns on a second wave that would put the health system in a difficult situation.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman has criticized the Health Ministry for removing the number of intensive care unit and intubated patients from the daily COVID-19 data it shares every night. Adıyaman said that the ministry's move leads to suspicions that the coronavirus epidemic is getting worse in the country.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that more than 200,000 passengers arrived in Turkey during the month of June, when Turkish Airlines recommenced international flights. The minister failed to answer a question about layoffs within the country's flagship carrier.
Travelers from around Turkey hit the road for the Eid al-Adha holiday on July 29, a day before the Muslim feast's eve. The country lifted travel restrictions in June as part of its "normalization" process.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 29 that the partial curfew imposed on senior citizens might be lifted following the Eid al-Adha holiday, in line with the Coronavirus Science Committee's suggestion in this regard. Turkey's elderly aged 65 and above are currently allowed to go out between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. as part of coronavirus measures.
The number of Turkish deputies who have so far tested positive for COVID-19 has increased to 11, as six more MPs have been infected with the virus, Turkish media outlets said on July 28. Of the 11 lawmakers, four have already completed their treatment, whereas seven are currently under surveillance.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged the public to strictly follow the social distancing rules, wear a mask and obey hygiene measures during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, amid concerns that social interactions during the four-day-long holiday can cause a dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
All hospital beds and dormitories are filled in southeastern Mardin, where experts are worried the health infrastructure will fail to accommodate needs as the number of cases in the city approach 5,000.
The recent resignation of two officials from Turkey's Health Ministry has raised questions as to whether they are related to the approval and purchase of a COVID-19 test that was said to identify only 40 percent of positive cases. "The ministry has not responded to any of their questions on this topic," said main opposition CHP deputy Murat Emir.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Turkey is the same as the past few days' average, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 26, when some 927 new patients were diagnosed.
Social distancing was completely forgotten around Istanbul's Hagia Sophia ahead of its opening as a mosque, prompting concerns on the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Health Minister Fahrettin Koca shared warnings on Twitter, urging people to follow precautions. "First comes precautions, then takbir," Koca said, referring to the Arabic term for the phrase God is great.