Vecdi Erbay writes from Diyarbakır: Since cafes and teahouses have been closed due to the coronavirus, a number of people started selling tea on the streets of Diyarbakır. Some of them are roving tea sellers. They stroll around the city until they come across a policeman.
The recent curfew on citizens aged 20 or younger has further decreased the use of public transportation in Istanbul, placing the total decrease at 90 percent since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, a spokesperson for Istanbul Municipality said.
Lemon exports will require government approval until August 31, 2020, Turkey’s Official Gazette said April 7. The citrus fruit has become highly in-demand during the COVID-19 outbreak as consumers have hoarded the traditional Turkish alcohol-based lemon-scented cologne.
Some 67 judges and legal personnel have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül said April 6. There are reportedly no cases of the novel virus in Turkey’s correctional facilities, though personnel remain isolated from the general population.
MHP deputy chair Feti Yıldız has become the first Turkish lawmaker known to have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Yıldız was admitted to a hospital on April 6.
The government has reversed its decision to deny a sacked civil servant of his right to benefit from a salary support program set up to help employers pay their staff wages amid the coronavirus outbreak. The government's move came after HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu brought the issue to the agenda of the parliament.
Turkey will establish two hospitals with a capacity of 1,000 beds each in Istanbul to treat patients infected with the disease, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 6. Erdoğan said one of the hospitals will be built on the area where the-now closed Atatürk Airport is located on the European side, and the other one in the district of Sancaktepe on the Asian side.
According to an infectious diseases specialist's calculation, 600,000-900,000 people are already infected with the coronavirus in Turkey – several times higher than the officially confirmed number.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 75 to total 649 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,148 to bring the country’s total to 30,217, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 6.
Turkey's Health Ministry last week approved the use of plasma therapy to treat the novel coronavirus. The treatment works by taking donated blood from someone who has recovered from the virus and giving it to a critically ill patient. The technique was for the first time applied on a patient in the eastern province of Malatya on April 5.
A total of 58.5 dollars was reportedly cut from the personal accounts of a number of Turkish teachers after using Zoom upon the request of their school managers. School managers and administrators obliged teachers to use Zoom, since 100 people can attend an online meeting at the same time free of charge, to continue classes online, daily Sözcü reported on April 6. Turkey's Education Ministry released a statement, saying that they have been warning teachers, students and administrators against cyber attacks.
Istanbul’s water reservoirs are only 65% full, their second-lowest level within the past decade. “The average amount of water distributed to Istanbul in March was 2,731,147 cubic meters. This number is the same today after all production has stopped,” an Istanbul Technical University (ITU) lecturer said.
A non-governmental organization in Turkey, the Human Rights School, will be holding weekly online classes concerning human rights violations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The first class will be held April 6 on the NGO’s YouTube channel.
The Psychiatric Association of Turkey (TPD) has established a hotline for health professionals working under stress and immense risk during the COVID-19 outbreak, Mesopotamia Agency reported. The hotline will be available 24 hours, seven days a week.
According to a poll submitted to main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, some 84 percent of the Turkish citizens reportedly support a curfew against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The participants were also asked about the problems that Turkey needs to solve urgently. The pandemic topped the list, with 46 percent saying that it's the most urgent issue.