A Turkish COVID-19 Science Committee member warned of a second wave of infections if society isn't careful enough with preventative measures. The committee member noted that everyone should continue to wash their hands, social distance and wear a mask.
Istanbul police will conduct inspections on cafes and restaurants amid a spike in coronavirus cases and reports that some of the enterprises are not abiding by the new rules on distancing and heightened hygiene procedures.
Turkey registered 1,592 new coronavirus cases on June 15, after it initiated a sudden normalization period two weeks ago. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the rise in infections were concentrated in certain areas.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that flights to Iran, suspended since late February to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will resume on August 1. Çavuşoğlu also said that Ankara is hoping to hold the Astana Summit in Iran.
The removal of certain precautions taken against the coronavirus in Turkey has resulted in an alarming rise in the number of healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned. "If things continue like this, by September the polyclinics and hospitals will be ensnared in chaos. The consequence of this will be flaws in healthcare services,” TTB's family healthcare chair Filiz Ünal told Duvar.
Business owners shut down voluntarily in southeastern Turkey district where COVID-19 cases on the rise
Business owners in the southeastern Turkey district of Cizre voluntarily shut down their stores in an attempt to curb the recent increase in the area's new COVID-19 cases. The increase in the number of new diagnoses comes during Turkey's normalization process, which started on June 1.
Turkey on June 14 confirmed 1,562 new cases from the novel coronavirus, almost double the level to which they had fallen in early June. “Our weak point is unwary optimism. Let’s be prudent optimist,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned on Twitter.
Many Turkish families have complained that they have not yet received the 1,000 Turkish liras of Covid-19 financial aid promised by the government, although it has been weeks since they filed their application. “Are you [the gov't] going to give [the money] or not? Please take a look [at the application] and provide me with a clear result. As a citizen of this country, I want to benefit if I have the right to do so,” wrote one person on the internet.
The Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakır assigned 22 teachers to inspect their parks for ten days. The teachers will be tasked with ensuring park visitors abide by COVID-19 prevention measures.
Turkey's daily coronavirus cases on June 12 exceeded 1,000 once again as the country has started to ease the restrictions taken to limit the spread of virus. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has cautioned against growing optimism that the coronavirus has been contained.
Turkish scientists have produced a domestic reproduction of Favipiravir, widely used to treat COVID-19. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said that once the drug was registered and mass produced, it would also be exported.
Turkish Airlines will be resuming flights to the United States on June 19 after months of COVID-19 restrictions. The flagship carrier will start with three weekly flights to Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry has issued a circular announcing that the country has opened all land, sea and air borders for passenger traffic, except for the land border with Iran.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has cautioned against growing optimism that the coronavirus has been contained, saying that this situation should not lead citizens to abandon their personal precautions. Koca's statements came as Turkey reported 987 new cases and 17 additional deaths from the virus.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.