Istanbul Traffic Police have started health inspections, as well as travel permit checks on passengers coming into the city, as well as those leaving, Governor Ali Yerlikaya said March 29. While all passengers’ body temperature is checked, those who require it will be placed under quarantine, Yerlikaya added.
Taxis will now be allowed out in traffic every other day in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara starting March 30, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said March 29. Taxis with license plates that end in an odd number will be allowed in traffic on the first day of the rule, while taxis with license plates that end in even numbers will be allowed in traffic the next, effectively cutting the number of taxis in traffic by half.
Turkey's deaths from the coronavirus increased by 23 to 131 on March 29, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,815 to 9,217, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. He added that 9,982 tests had been conducted in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to 65,446 since the outbreak begun.
A group of prominent Turkish academics have urged the government to announce an extraordinary spending program to tackle the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "The state should prepare an extraordinary spending program. It should include support for medical expenditures," the statement read. "Public and private hospitals must provide health services free of charge and the hospitals failing to abide by this must be deprivatized," it added.
Fatih Sürenkök, a board member of İzmir Medical Chamber, has called for a curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as he also questioned the official figures announced daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. "The figures are not in line with the course of events in our country. I think the real figures are much higher than these numbers," he said.
Turkey halted intercity trains and limited domestic flights on March 28. In a notice detailing travel restrictions, the Interior Ministry said all citizens must remain in the cities they reside in and could only leave with a doctor's note, in the event of the death of a family member or if they have no accommodation.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya urged Istanbulites to stay home for the next 48 hours in bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). "For your health, family, loved ones, Istanbul and our country, don't leave your house for 48 hours," Yerlikaya tweeted on March 29.
Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus increased by 16 to 108 on March 28, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,704 to 7,402, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Turkish Cyprus on March 28 confirmed its first death from the novel coronavirus. A 67-year-old German tourist succumbed to the virus in Nicosia.
Ankara municipality has announced that it has stopped all utility meter reading for April to protect customers and employees during the coronavirus epidemic. Households will be billed 80 percent of what they paid for Februaray, whereas student flats and workplaces will not receive a bill at all.
Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced that domestic flights would only operate to and from 14 big cities as of midnight March 28. Separately, Turkey's state railways authority (TCDD) said that all intercity trains had been halted as of March 28 until further notice.
Medical staff in both public and private institutions will not be allowed to quit their jobs for the next three months amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a notice issued by Turkey's Health Ministry on March 27.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a series of new measures against the coronavirus, including suspending all international flights, as the country's death toll from coronavirus reached 92 on March 27.
Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by 17 to 92 as the number of cases increased by 2,069 to 5,698, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 27. The government is not disclosing the location of cases to prevent the risk of increasing transmission rates by encouraging people to move from areas with high rates to places where there are no or few cases, Koca said.
Turkey has limited intercity bus travel and banned walks and fishing along the seashore and beaches, as well as jogging in forests and parks on weekends amid coronavirus outbreak.