This week is “very critical” to curb the speed of the coronavirus' spread in Turkey, and the country's success will depend on whether citizens are abiding by the measures, said Prof. Alpay Azap, a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee.
A group of Turkish firms have collaborated to undertake the domestic mass production of ventilators, which are critical in treating COVID-19. One of these firms is Baykar, a company co-owned by Selçuk Bayraktar, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkish President Erdoğan has launched a national donation campaign to offer financial help to those hit by the coronavirus outbreak. “Within the context of 'We are enough for each other, Turkey' campaign, a bank account has been opened by the Family, Labor and Social Services ministry. I initiate the campaign by donating my seven months of salary," Erdoğan said on March 30.
Some 40 Kurdish musicians have prepared a video clip showing themselves performing the Kurdish version of the Italian folk song "Bella Ciao" in an attempt to show solidarity with Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey is not among the non-EU emerging economies in Central and Eastern Europe that has applied for emergency assistance from a $50 billion pool available via the IMF’s rapid financial support facilities, the organization’s European Department Director Poul M. Thomsen said.
Renowned Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran said that right-wing populist leaders in the world are failing in their leadership skills regarding the struggle against the novel coronavirus. “They [right-wing leaders] are all retreating, we don't see them as often as before. They love to speak normally,” she said during an interview with pan-European political movement DiEM25.
Turkey’s deaths from the coronavirus increased by 37 to 168 on March 30, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,610 to 10,827, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The minister added on Twitter that 11,535 tests had been conducted on March 30 - the highest since the start of the outbreak.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar said that the party will establish an Alternative Science Commission that will convey reliable information to the public. "The society needs reliable information above all else. A center that puts the people's security at its core must be formed. The most urgent need is to protect the society," Sancar said.
Mega Turkish conglomerate Sabancı Holding donated 10 tons of disinfectant to the Health Ministry to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Developed by Sabancı University’s nanotechnology lab, the product provides protection against viruses and bacteria for up to three months, daily Dünya reported.
Istanbul police raided a coronavirus-themed party March 29, dismissing a crowd of about 100 and detaining some 12 people. “We’re detaining them on charges of ‘disobeying preventions targeted at contagious diseases,’” police said.
Turkey's Interior Ministry has announced that 39 residential areas in 18 provinces were put under quarantine in a bid to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19). Quarantines are underway in one town, six neighborhoods, 28 villages and four hamlets, the ministry said.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has urged the government to impose a city-wide curfew in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), citing the population of the city. "If 15 percent of the city's population go outside, that would mean 2.5 million people. The number corresponds to the population of some European cities," he said.
Inmates in Turkey’s correctional facilities will now be allowed 30 minutes a week on a video call system, in an attempt to limit human interaction and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, staff at correctional facilities will be kept in isolation on their days off.
Water consumption in Turkey has become under scrutiny as authorities urge people to wash their hands frequently amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that led to millions of people staying home to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus. The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works released a written statement on March 27, saying that "water has become more precious than ever" since consumption has increased since the beginning of the outbreak.
Family physicians reportedly receive a pay cut for every day they spend under quarantine and are thus unable to work, the head of the Family Physicians Associations Federation (AHEF) said. “It’s degrading to have our paychecks cut, almost like a punishment for getting the virus when we as physicians are out there risking our lives to do our jobs,” AHEF Chair Özlem Sezen told daily Sözcü.