Turkey’s major labor and trade unions released a petition April 1 including seven recommendations to the government in the fight against COVID-19. Most items urge the government to establish protective measures to shield workers and vulnerable parts of society.
AKP deputy Recep Özel wrote on Twitter that 245 of 268 coronavirus patients in Turkey's western province of Isparta were pilgrims who were placed in the province's student dormitories as part of quarantine measures. Just minutes later, Özel deleted his tweets.
Cemil Taşçıoğlu, an internal medicine professor of Istanbul Çapa University, has become the first doctor to die of coronavirus in Turkey. The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said that Taşçıoğlu had contracted the virus while treating the country's first confirmed coronavirus patient.
Turkey’s deaths from the coronavirus increased by 63 to 277 on April 1, as the government shared geographic distribution of cases for the first time. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Istanbul has 8,852 patients which constitutes 60 percent of all cases in the country. The megacity was followed by İzmir, with 853 cases, and Ankara, with 712 cases.
Turkey’s top religious authority issues fatwa on donating zakat to state’s campaign against COVID-19
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa on donating zakats to the state's campaign that was launched to collect money to be used in the country's struggle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "What one needs to be careful about is that the person donating money should state that it's zakat," Diyanet said.
The Izmir Medical Chamber was banned from sharing links from their own website on their social media accounts March 31. The social media websites involved did not notify the users of any ban, and the chamber called for the block to be removed swiftly.
Turkey’s parliament will start checking visitors’ body temperatures with no-contact thermometers, an official notice said March 30. While the ruling targets visitors only, lawmakers will be eligible for a body temperature check as well if they wish.
Istanbul police raided a men-only game club/coffee house March 31, fining the 26 guests and detaining the owner. The business was sealed off as it lacked a trade license and was operating in violation of COVID-19 precautions.
Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students in Turkey will be allowed to freeze their enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester that will be carried out entirely remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) said April 1. The time students suspend enrollment will not count toward their normal limit for freezing enrollment.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised Turkey for sending medical aid to Spain and Italy, the countries worst hit by the novel coronavirus in Europe, saying that he is proud to see NATO allies supporting each other through the alliance's disaster relief center. "#NATO solidarity in action: Turkey sending a cargo plane with medical supplies to Italy & Spain today to support our joint fight against #COVID19," said Stoltenberg on Twitter on April 1.
Madhuvanthi Srinivasan reports: Amid the lockdown and the restrictions on the movement of international flights in and out of India, 65 Turkish nationals are stranded across the country. While the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi has taken down the information of those stranded, they’ve asked everybody to stay wherever they are till things improve. Stranded Turks fear that the lockdown, which is due to end on April 15, would be extended.
As the country that has suffered the highest number of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic, Italy is frequently used to compare the situation of other countries. Italian statistics experts talking to the BBC's Turkish service said that comparing Italy and Turkey is like comparing apples and oranges as the progression curve of the virus is not shaping out the same way in two countries.
Turkey has a shortage of about 15,000 critical care nurses who are essential for COVID-19 treatment, Critical Care Nurses Association warned. While the Health Ministry promised to appoint 11,000 nurses to combat the coronavirus outbreak, association chair Ebru Kıraner notes that these nurses will not be ready to fill in during the crisis.
Turkey has sent medical aid packages with Jalaluddin Rumi's words on to Italy and Spain, the countries worst hit by the novel coronavirus in Europe, to help their fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "There is hope after despair and many suns after darkness," read the banners placed on the aid packages.
Police detain healthcare workers in Ankara while making a statement to demand equal COVID-19 precautions for all
A group of healthcare workers who tried to make an announcement in front of a university hospital regarding the necessary precautions that should be taken against coronavirus were taken into custody on Tuesday in Ankara. The workers, who stood outside of Ankara University's İbni Sina Hospital while wearing masks and gloves were prevented from making their statement by police.