Some 61.1 percent of health workers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır have considered quitting their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey revealed. An overwhelming 92.6 percent of survey participants said that they've experienced physical and emotional strain during this time period.
Top doctors voice concern over credibility of official COVID-19 data during meeting with Health Minister
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Sept. 3 met with members of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) for the first time in months. TTB members told the minister that the official statistics on COVID-19 infections and deaths did not match with the data that is reported by doctors on the field.
Binali Yıldırım, an AKP lawmaker who served as Turkey's 27th and final prime minister, has announced that he and his wife have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Yıldırım, 64, said that both he and his wife were in good health and entered home quarantine upon the instructions of the doctors.
Street weddings and large gatherings have been banned in all provinces, the Turkish Interior Ministry said on Sept. 2. Wedding ceremonies have been also limited to an hour, with a ban on dancing and serving of food. The announcement came after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the country was experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 infections as the daily death toll has been lately exceeding 40.
Turkey is going through the second peak of the first wave of the novel coronavirus, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sept. 2. Koca told a press conference after meeting his coronavirus science team that the capital Ankara had seen the most rapid rise in cases lately, producing double the numbers of Istanbul, previously the outbreak's epicenter in Turkey.
An imam has lost his life after being forced to touch several bodies of COVID-19 victims without his hazmat suit on in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Yeni Yaşam daily reported on Aug. 31. The imam's wife said that she thinks the mufti's office forced her husband to work with COVID-19 victims because he had entered a conflict with the office before.
‘Severity of COVID-19 veiled from public in Turkey’s top vacation hub, 400 diagnoses observed daily’
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey's top vacation destination Antalya is being hidden from the public, and there are as many as 400 new diagnoses daily, Antalya Medical Chamber Chairwoman Prof. Nursel Şahin said. Turkey's main vacation destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike, Antalya has welcomed over 950,000 visitors in the past two months.
Ali Babacan, Turkey's former deputy prime minister and founder of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), announced on Sept. 1 he will continue his COVID-19 treatment at the hospital. The DEVA chairman had announced on Aug. 25 that he was infected with the virus and would stay in quarantine with his family.
Health workers in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Aug. 31 protested the death of five of their colleagues in the province last week. The group hung black masks outside the local health directorate to ask for the government's redesign of COVID-19 precautions for health workers.
A health worker who was forced by hospital management to work in the COVID-19 unit despite his chronic illnesses lost his life, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Aug. 31.
Health Ministry's persistence not to reveal its criteria in choosing which individuals get tested for COVID-19 drew ire. The president of the Ankara branch of the Turkish Medical Association said people are forced to make up fake symptoms in order to receive the test while those who work for the presidency are being tested every three days.
Ankara, Istanbul mayors refute Health Ministry data on COVID-19, say number of deaths, cases are higher
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş have refuted COVID-19 data shared by the Health Ministry. "An investigation commission must be set up in parliament and they should ask for data from mayors of Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara. They then should look at official data," Yavaş said, while asking, "What good does it have to announce the numbers lower than they actually are?"
Authorities in Istanbul announced curbs on weddings and other ceremonies in Turkey's largest city on Aug. 29. The restrictions were published a few hours before Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 1,549 new cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed in Turkey, the highest daily number since mid-June. Thirty-nine people died, the most since mid-May, he said.
Western Bursa's wedding venue managers and wedding organizers protested the Interior Ministry's restrictions on events as a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Turkey will ship thousands of units of medical supplies to Turkish Cyprus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Serbia, the Official Gazette reported on Aug. 28. Two of the medicines included are Favipiravir, the flu medicine used in COVID-19 treatment, and Hydroxychloroquin.