A second patient has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Turkey, the country's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 13. Turkey’s first case was announced earlier this week, a man who had recently returned from Europe. Another statement was released by Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, who said that the second patient is also “under control.”
Teyit, an independent fact-checking organization, has debunked a news report claiming that a man in Turkey's Yozgat province has been hospitalized after consuming liquid soap in an attempt to "protect himself against coronavirus." Health officials have told Teyit that no such patient had ever visited the Yozgat City Hospital.
Turkey has expanded the criteria for who can be tested for the novel coronavirus after the first confirmed case in the country early on March 11. As of now, not only those who recently traveled to countries with “high risk,” but anyone who has been abroad within the last 14 days will be tested, as long as they show symptoms of infection, said a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Scientific Committee.
Turkey on March 12 announced a series of new measures against the coronavirus threat. Primary and secondary schools will be closed for one week and universities for three weeks from March 16, whereas sports events will be played without spectators until the end of April, Presidential Spokesperson Kalın announced. President Erdoğan has also postponed his foreign visits, Kalın said.
Widely-known Turkish surgeon Mehmet Öz released a "coronavirus survival protocol" on March 8 in which he suggested lifestyle changes and supplemental immune support measures in addition to more common hygiene practices. In what came as a surprise to many, Öz suggested meditation as a means of protection from contracting coronavirus as it may improve the immune system.
Turkish teachers' union Eğitim-Sen has said in a statement that the Education Ministry's recent move to start disinfecting school buildings was not a "sufficient" step and urged the government to suspend education across the country due to the coronavirus threat.
Turkey’s Health Minister urges people to ‘resist’ for two months since summer will weaken coronavirus
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has urged people to resist for two months, since summer will weaken coronavirus (COVID-19). "This disease is more of a winter infection. If we adopt measures and prevent it from spreading, it's highly likely that life will return to normal in two months," he added.
Following Turkey's Minister Fahrettin Koca's announcement of Turkey's first confirmed coronavirus case, consumers in Turkey have flocked to markets to purchase certain consumer goods, ignoring calls from health experts to not succumb to panic. Wet wipes, latex gloves, lemon-scented cologne and pasta are rapidly disappearing from shelves.
FIBA announced on March 12 that all FIBA competitions are suspended as of March 13 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. "FIBA will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will evaluate the options for the continuation or not of the respective competitions when and if the situation allows for it," it said.
Trump imposed sweeping restrictions on travel from European countries over coronavirus, with Turkey not included in the list. The restriction applies to countries in the Schengen Area, which are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
After Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed Turkey's first case of coronavirus early on Wednesday morning, many Istanbul residents have turned to an age-old staple for protection against the virus: lemon-scented cologne. The cologne is very popular throughout Turkey due to its antibacterial properties (it contains alcohol) and its pleasant, refreshing citrusy scent.
Turkey's Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) has announced that it launched investigations into businesses that try to "unlawfully profit" from the fear of the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11 declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300 and the number of confirmed cases exceeded 121,000.
The"Big White Meeting" that Turkey's healthcare workers' unions were planning to hold in Ankara to protest widespread violence against healthcare workers in the country was cancelled due to the first official case of coronavirus being detected in Turkey March 10, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said March 11.
At least four universities in the mega-city Istanbul have announced they would be suspending on-campus classes for two weeks. Boğaziçi University became the first state institution to call off classes amid the coronavirus outbreak, moving up and extending their spring break.