Online grocery store Getir said April 8 that a warehouse employee tested positive for COVID-19. Getir noted that all non-packaged goods at the warehouse were discarded, and the infected employee's coworkers were placed on paid leave for 14 days.
Some seven employees were laid off at a central Istanbul hospital amid a three-month ban on health workers’ resignations due to the increased workload during the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospital administration based their lay offs on the lack of appointments in their departments.
The government has prepared a draft bill which bans layoffs but also gives employers the right to put their employees on unpaid leave during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees on unpaid leave will be paid 39.24 liras ($5.79) per day by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 87 to total 812 and new confirmed cases rose by 4,117 to bring the country’s total to 38,226 on April 8.
Turkish authorities will track if coronavirus patients self-isolating at home are abiding by the quarantine rules or not through a mobile phone application, within the framework of a newly launched project called “Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project.” The patients will be asked to return home if they break the quarantine rules, the presidency's Communications Directorate said in a statement on April 8.
Diyanet head Ali Erbaş has said that he gave a list of names, including experts on psychology and sociology of religion, to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca in order for them to be included in the Social Sciences Commission, of which the formation was announced by the minister on April 7 as part of the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Turkish Medical Association has claimed that the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country is higher than the official figures, saying that the Health Ministry doesn't convey the numbers to the World Health Organization (WHO) using the appropriate codes, causing the death toll to seem lesser than it actually is. WHO, meanwhile, said that it's alarmed about the "dramatic increase" in coronavirus spread in Turkey.
Istanbul’s suburban neighborhoods of Bağcılar, Esenler and Bayrampaşa have higher concentrations of coronavirus infections, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said on broadcaster Fox TV April 8, based on data revealed by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca the day before.
While some 63 percent of Turkey's internet users also shop online, that may have become a risky choice during the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warn. Users should prefer the 3D payment method that requests a second form of confirmation in addition to payment methods, experts recommend.
Filiz Gazi reports: Due to the coronavirus epidemic, large numbers of women in Turkey working as housecleaners, caretakers and baby-sitters have lost their jobs, the majority of them having worked uninsured. Since they are legally not considered workers, there is no legal mechanism they can use to defend themselves.
At the mercy of their employers, thousands unable to benefit from gov’t short-term unemployment fund
Aynur Tekin reports: Despite the loosening of the qualifications that are required to benefit from a short-term unemployment fund being paid out by Turkey's Employment Agency (IŞKUR) to those who have lost work due to the coronavirus epidemic, thousands are still prevented from receiving these payments. One major problem is that employers are the only ones who can apply for the fund on the behalf of themselves and their workers.
Turkish officials have imposed an administrative fine on six people involved in a brawl for breaking social distancing rules within the scope of the new type of coronavirus measures.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country has stockpiled around 1 million boxes of a drug used to treat coronavirus patients, but did not disclose the name of the medicine. He also announced that the country's death toll from the virus rose by 76 to total 725 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,892 to bring the total to 34,109.
Two health workers in Izmir conducted COVID-19 tests to citizens on the street in a district they were sent to for work, reportedly without the orders or permission of the Izmir Health Directorate. The two rogue workers tested some 100 people.
Turkish Medical Association head Prof. Sinan Adıyaman has said that they expect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to last for a total of 11 weeks from its beginning until it wanes, adding that there is lack of information on the issue. This is the first time humanity encounters a coronavirus pandemic, so they can't exactly predict how the process will go," Adıyaman said.