Turkish Interior Ministry has ordered restaurants to remove tables and offer only takeaway and delivery services as part of the country's struggle to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus spread can’t be controlled if people don’t stay at home this week, Turkish professor warns
Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan, a member of Turkish Health Ministry's Science Council, said that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) can't be controlled if people don't stay in their homes this week. “At this moment, we can't say that the spread got out of control. We are at a critical period. This week is the most critical period,” Ceyhan said.
A man who was prevented from seeing his relative under coronavirus quarantine in the Süreyyapaşa Hospital in Istanbul's Maltepe district stabbed a security guard. We experienced a saddening incident today. The patient's relative was told that he can't see the patient and that this decision was announced by the ministry. Unfortunately, this person stabbed a friend of ours," a hospital official said.
Turkish Health Ministry is set to meet with coronavirus researcher Mustafa Ulaşlı, who was sacked with a state of emergency decree. According to HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca sounded positive on his reinstatement to his post. "I have received positive signals from the minister in our talks.," Gergerlioğlu told Duvar.
Social media users in Turkey have pointed to the ages of politicians after the country imposed a partial curfew on March 21 for citizens over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases. Dozens of politicians are above the age of 65 in Turkey.
Prof. Mehmet Doğanay from Turkish Health Ministry's Science Council has named Istanbul, the capital Ankara, the western province of İzmir, the southern province of Antalya and the eastern province of Van as the Turkish cities under the highest coronavirus risk. Doğanay also said that he expects the virus to wane when the weather gets warmer.
As the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase in Turkey, people are stuck between the fear of getting infected by the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) and sustaining their livelihood. While authorities continue to urge people to refrain from going outside, those who are required to work are concerned about the risk to their own health and that of their families. For those who are working from home, the situation has other setbacks - mainly being forced to work more hours and facing psychological pressure.
Turkey's death toll from coronavirus rose from nine to twenty-one as the number of cases surged to 947, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 21. Koca said on Twitter that 2,953 tests had been conducted in the past 24 hours, 277 of which came back positive. He once again urged the elderly population to stay at home.
Turkish citizens who are older than 65-year-old and suffering from chronic illnesses will be restricted from leaving their homes amid coronavirus measures, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
A recent survey by pollster Ipsos revealed that Turkey’s lemon-scented cologne has become the most-demanded consumer good amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Vinegar and pasta followed, along with non-perishable foods and cooking essentials like flour and salt.
Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Ministry has banned outdoor grilling and picnics until further notice on March 21. The restriction comes amid a series of preventive measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus that has already killed nine people in Turkey.
Mehmet Ceyhan, the chair of Turkey’s Infectious Diseases Association says it is imperative that Turkey swiftly identifies what doctors have been referred to as the “super carriers” of coronavirus. "While most people can only spread the virus to two or three other people, these super carriers can spread it to hundreds of people. Why that is remains unsure. But in order to identify these super carriers, we must carry out a lot more tests” Ceyhan told Duvar.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan joined the collective applause initiated on March 20 evening to thank medical staff for their efforts to protect the population from the coronavirus.
Turkey's death toll from coronavirus rose to nine as the number of cases surged to 670, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 20. Koca said the latest five victims were elderly patients with weak immune system. Meanwhile, President Erdoğan once again urged citizens not to leave home unless necessary and to minimize social contact.
Turkey's Health Ministry has declared all private and foundation hospitals in the country as "pandemic hospitals" amid COVID-19 outbreak. With this move, all hospitals in Turkey, including private ones, will have to admit and treat suspected patients of the novel coronavirus.