Pharmacists in Turkey's capital Ankara are experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment, Chair of Ankara's Pharmacists Chamber Taner Ercanlı said. "Our colleagues don't have masks to wear themselves, let alone to sell," Ercanlı said.
A 91-year-old Turkish man has recovered from the coronavirus after 10 days of treatment in London's Homerton University Hospital, Turkey's Chief of Cabinet to The President Hasan Doğan said March 25. The 91 year old is reportedly from the southern province of Kahramanmaraş, but lives in London.
A male patient in the southern province of Denizli escaped the hospital where he was awaiting his coronavirus test results. Police found Murat E. walking on a nearby street and called an ambulance to transport him back to the hospital.
A 30-year-old Chinese tourist who got lost on a hike in the southern province of Antalya was rescued by the local gendarmerie and the National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE). The officers wore masks and gloves while rescuing Jingyun Lan due to the coronavirus pandemic that's killed 59 people in Turkey as of March 25.
Leaders from the Group of 20 major economies convened a video conference on March 26 to discuss the coronavirus epidemic. Erdoğan attended the virtual summit from the Huber Mansion in Istanbul's Tarabya neighborhood.
Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by 15 to 59 as the number of cases increased by 561 to 2,433, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 25. He said that 5,035 tests were carried out within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to around 33,000.
President Erdoğan has said that Turkey will curb the speed of the coronavirus' spread in two to three weeks with good measures, or else it will become "inevitable" for the country to face "more severe consequences and accordingly more severe measures."
Despite New York City being currently one of the world's worst coronavirus hotspots, Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has not suspended its flights from the U.S. city. A U.S.-based Turkish academic has called on the authorities to tackle this issue and to find those who arrived from New York City to Istanbul in the last two weeks to place them under quarantine.
Turkish schools will remain closed until April 30 due to coronavirus pandemic and will continue to offer remote learning from home for students during this time period, said Education Minister Ziya Selçuk.
A Russian Navy cargo ship transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to Syria on March 24. The Russian Dvinitsa-50 ship, part of Moscow’s auxiliary fleet, was carrying at least three military ambulances along with a shipping container on its deck.
Turkey’s financial “shield package” against the blow of the coronavirus might be forcing small businesses into more debt. Turkey’s preventative measures will allow for 100 billion Turkish Liras’ worth of loans and debts to be deferred with interest for three months.
A Fenerbahçe football player and Medipol Başakşehir chair Göksel Gümüşdağ tested positive for coronavirus on March 25. "Our players, technical staff and administrative employees underwent coronavirus tests in Samandıra Can Bartu Facility. One footballer and medical team worker were tested positive and were dispatched to a hospital for treatment," Fenerbahçe said in a statement without giving the names of those diagnosed.
The southeastern border province of Mardin is lacking precautions against the coronavirus, particularly among the trade workers who regularly travel across the Turkish border, the local medical chamber co-chair said. “As far as we know, we have about 500 residents under home quarantine right now, most of them drivers,” Dr. Osman Sağlam said.
Prof. Luca Lorini from Bergamo's Pope John XXIII Hospital urged Turkish people to ask the government for the declaration of a curfew in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). "Ask the government to declare a curfew immediately without waiting. Just like we did 15 days ago. The numbers have been decreasing for two days. This is the best medicine against the virus," Lorini said.
Rapid tests not as reliable as Polmyerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests but still useful, Turkish experts agree
Turkish excerpts agree that while rapid testing kits for coronavirus can be faulty at times, they are a good tool to allow healthcare workers to prioritize patients for the diagnostic test. The antibody test is more reliable, however, it takes five to six days after infection for the antibodies to appear in the patient’s bloodstream and for them to test positive.