Turkish health minister urges citizens not to flout measures as country registers 1,458 new virus cases
Turkey’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,458 new cases on June 25, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. "The number of new cases shows that precautions are decreasing. The number of cases in the world is on the rise. Let's give some good news from Turkey," Koca said.
Turkey's Interior Ministry said that senior citizens will now be allowed to travel after obtaining a "tourism document" on the government's online portal. Although seniors are allowed to go outside between certain hours every day, the age group is still under curfew.
Turkish health minister says no further restrictions on agenda as country registers 1,492 new infections
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin has said that the Coronavirus Science Committee currently has no plans to suggest nationwide restrictions to contain the virus, as the country registered 1,492 new infections. Amid a recent spike in infection figures, the minister also said that the country is not currently experiencing the second wave of the virus.
Swedish citizens of Turkish origin have the highest rate of coronavirus of any ethnic group in Sweden, according to a report from Sweden's Public Health Agency. More than 100,000 citizens of Turkish origin live in Sweden.
Diyanet head Ali Erbaş has announced the resumption of five-time congregational prayers at mosques across Turkey. Mosques were only open for noon, afternoon and Friday prayers.
According to Worldometer’s COVID-19 tracker update, Turkey ranks 12th and 17th in the world in terms of respectively the total number of infected people and the death toll. In cases per 1 million population, Turkey is 52nd, mainly behind nations with a small populations.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 as the country registered 1,268 new cases on June 23. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by measures, saying: “For a more normal life, we must bring down the number of cases by abiding by the measures.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 24 as the country registered 1,212 new cases on June 22. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by measures, saying: "We must bring down the number of cases through the measures we take."
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 23 as the country registered 1,214 new cases on June 19. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the country's biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, registered their lowest number of daily virus cases in the past week.
The Interior Ministry on June 19 announced that coronavirus quarantines are currently underway in 76 residential areas in 28 provinces. The areas are home to some 48,170 people. The ministry also said that quarantines have been lifted in 502 residential areas in 66 provinces.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned that the novel coronavirus cannot be tackled with personal measures alone and stressed the need for "precautions which will decrease the social mobility" amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,304 new cases on June 18. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by the measures, saying: "The negligence of one person concerns all of us."
As of June 17, the wearing of masks has become mandatory in all public areas in Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa. Those who do not abide by this rule will be imposed an administrative fine, said the authorities.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the Coronavirus Science Committee has not discussed the possibility of the resumption of curfews amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 cases. "In the upcoming period, we are not thinking of a situation like a curfew. This did not come up at the Coronavirus Science Committee,” he said.
Send-off celebrations for young soldier in central Turkey lead to quarantine of 14 residential buildings
Some 14 residential buildings in Kırıkkale's Karakeçilli district were placed under quarantine when a visitor tested positive for COVID-19. The visitor was in the town to join celebrations held to send off a young man to compulsory military service.