Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) rose by 20 on Aug. 18 to 6,016, health ministry data showed, with the total number of identified cases rising to 251,805. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reiterated his warnings on Twitter while sharing the daily coronavirus chart.
Turkish professor points to exhaustion among doctors, says resignations increasing amid COVID-19 pandemic
Prof. Oya İtil, the deputy chair of Turkish Thoracic Society, pointed to the exhaustion among doctors and said that resignations are increasing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The professor also said that the rapid switch to normalization in July and August led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 patients.
An American venture capitalist who runs Moderna Therapeutics company, Noubar Afeyan, announced earlier this week that his firm had inked a deal to provide 100 million coronavirus vaccine candidates to the United States.
Ankara restricts elderly from going to weddings, funerals, market places amid spike in COVID-19 cases
Ankara authorities on Aug. 17 restricted the province's senior citizens and those suffering from chronic illnesses from attending mass gathering events, such as weddings, funerals, condolences and market places, amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases. The statement came as Turkey registered 1,233 new COVID-19 and 22 fatalities from the virus.
An expert from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University slammed a police officer's request for him to perform a breathalyzer test at a road control. Prof. Baki Umut Tuğay refused to take the test, called the police headquarters and urged the Interior Ministry to halt breathalyzer tests.
Turkey's coronavirus count rose on Aug. 15 to its highest daily level since June, with total deaths nearing 6,000. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter there were 1,256 new cases and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing total cases above 278,000, and he urged Turkish people to work together to turn things around.
Şanlıurfa Gov. Abdullah Erin has put on a disguise and visited the province's hospitals to see if they are complying with the measures taken to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Erin's attempt turned out be a success as no one seemed to recognize the governor.
The Turkish Medical Association's (TTB) latest meeting about the COVID-19 pandemic noted that the spread of the virus wasn't under control in Turkey. Members noted that health workers were not being tested regularly, and were worn out. The TTB's statement came as Turkey on Aug. 14 registered 1,226 new cases of the virus, bringing the tally to 246,861.
Differing figures indicate that 1.2 million more people received pandemic aid from the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services than initially planned. It was first announced that 3,209,000 people were receiving the aid, only to later reveal the figure to be 4,427,264.
Turkey's Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has said that it asked universities to postpone their reopenings until Oct. 1 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The YÖK said that it will be up to universities and their faculties to decide if courses will be taught online or on campus.
The Turkish Consulate in the German city of Nuremberg on Aug. 13 announced that it was temporarily closed as one of its staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany reached its highest level in more than three months on Aug. 12.
Education Minister Ziya Selçuk has announced that schools will reopen on Aug. 31 with distance learning, but face-to-face lessons will not resume until Sept. 21. Selçuk's comments came after the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee suggested that face-to-face lessons should be postponed for at least a month amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey is experiencing a spike in the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Aug. 11. Koca's comments came as the country's daily COVID-19 cases have recently shown a sharp rebounding trend, with more than 1,000 daily jump in successive days.
Turkish hotels will cover COVID-19 testing and isolation costs for Russian tourists if they show symptoms of the disease at the airport, Sputnik Turkey reported. Hospitalization costs will fall upon the traveler's insurance.
The Ankara branch of Turkish Health Workers' Union (SES) has said that there are currently approximately 50,000 coronavirus patients in the capital, 3,500 of whom are receiving treatment at hospitals. The SES based this figure on the number of patients each family physician in the capital is monitoring for suspected coronavirus infection.