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.
Turkish healthcare workers did the penguin dance to cheer up patients receiving treatment for coronavirus in a private hospital in the eastern province of Malatya. Doctor Zercan Kalı from the hospital shared the video, saying "These difficult days will pass. Let's keep our spirits high and abide by the measures."
A 22-year-old Turkish man suffering from asthma and epilepsy has died from COVID-19, Anadolu Efes Sports Club said, noting their sadness in a social media post about the passing of their fan.
The reflections of a hospital security guard: If I am lucky to find a mask I have to use it for 12 hours
Pınar Öğünç writes: Security guards, particularly those who work at hospitals, face a great risk of contracting coronavirus as they are the first people that encounter the patients. A man in his 30's who has worked for nearly a decade as a security guard in a state hospital in Istanbul tells that if he is fortunate to find a mask he has to use it for 12 hours. "There is so much anxiety but the empire of fear won't allow you to raise your voice," he says.
Turkey said on April 5 it would minimize its troop movements in operation zones in neighbouring Syria in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Troops deployed in Syria will now enter and exit operation areas only with the permission of the head of the army, the defense ministry said. "Thus, the movement of staff and troops is minimized, unless it is mandatory," it added.
The Turkish Post (PTT) website crashed April 5 following an overwhelming number of applications for free surgical masks, which became mandatory in public places April 3. Applications for the free service will be taken on the government’s online services website, PTT noted after the online application site crashed.
Ankara University Biotechnology Institute Director Aykut Özkul has succeeded in isolating the COVID-19 virus, which is the first step to create a vaccine and medication against it. “This is just the beginning. We are determined and ambitious. A Turkish scientist has isolated the virus!” said the institute in a tweet April 5.
Interior minister denies police were forced to donate money to Turkish gov’t campaign against COVID-19
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has refuted journalist Fatih Portakal's claims of police being forced to donate money to a government campaign against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that there are those who choose to donate. "The state has a legal campaign and there may be officers who want to support it. I won't meddle with that," Soylu told daily Sözcü on April 6.
İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener has said that her maid tested positive for coronavirus, prompting her and her husband to undergo tests, which resulted negative. Akşener noted that the team that she works closely also underwent tests in the capital Ankara and their results were also negative. "I've been mostly home since then," she said, adding that she couldn't see her newborn granddaughter Ayda because of the pandemic.
Turkey's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 to total 574 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country's total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. He added that 20,065 tests for the COVID-19 disease had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.
The shooting of a TV series for pro-government ATV has been ongoing despite backlash from unions, performers and thousands of social media users amid the coronavirus pandemic. "World class precautions taken in Eşkıya Dünyaya Hükümdar Olmaz's set!" said ATV on its Twitter account. Speaking about the issue, renowned actress Ayşenil Şamlıoğlu said "There is no way that I can understand the continuation of these sets."
Turkish police have urged citizens to stay at home in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by writing "Stay home" using synthetic drugs seized in a narcotic operation. A week earlier, police in Istanbul's Beyoğlu also shared the same message by writing it with seized marijuana packages.
During these unusual times, life in the world’s largest cities has come to a screeching halt and Istanbul’s Istiklal Street is no exception. The only people walking on the street, lined with closed shops, are tourists and locals who have urgent business.