The Turkish government will step in to ensure the price of face masks do not skyrocket amid the coronavirus outbreak, authorities announced on March 11. Health Minister Koca said that prices of masks will be subject to the the ministry’s “preliminary approval,” whereas Trade Minister Pekcan said they will make sure that "people obtain masks with reasonable prices."
Turkey plans to reduce foreign tourist demand until the end of April amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Culture and Tourism Minister Nuri Ersoy said during a press conference on March 11. He also said that hotels had been advised to postpone summer openings.
An aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan scanned journalists and politicians who crowded around the Turkish leader as he arrived in parliament with a thermal camera, checking people he met for fever which could be linked to coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised Turkey for taking "vigilant" measures against coronavirus (COVID-19). Irshad Shaikh, the WHO Health Security Program Leader in Turkey, praised Ankara's preventative measures and good organization, saying it had been "very lucky, vigilant and cautious." "Turkey is an advanced country, and most of the systems were already there. What was needed was to make sure they are quick to this outbreak," Shaikh told Reuters.
Investigations were launched into 29 social media users over sharing "provocative" posts on coronavirus (COVID-19), hours after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported Turkey's first coronavirus case. According to the prosecutor's office, the 29 social media users shared posts accusing Turkish authorities of hiding the coronavirus cases is the country, as well as those that incite panic and fear in the society.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said "no virus is stronger than our precautions" hours after Turkey reported its first coronavirus case. Erdoğan said that the person who was diagnosed with coronavirus returned to Turkey after visiting Europe, adding that the individual's treatment is ongoing. "The patient's family is also being observed," he said.
Two people were quarantined on suspicion of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır and the northwestern province of Sakarya on March 11, hours after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported Turkey's first coronavirus case.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca early on March 11 announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in the country. The patient is a male Turkish citizen and has been placed in quarantine, Koca said.
Turkish Health Minister Koca said on March 10 that he would meet with the country’s education minister in the upcoming coming days and discuss temporally closing schools across the country. He also said that the Turkish presidency can publish a notice restricting civil servants' international travel except in obligatory cases.
A person was suspected to have been infected by the novel coronavirus on a Stockholm-Istanbul flight on March 10, causing a brief panic among the passengers. The person in question was later examined by an airport doctor who did not find any symptoms of the virus.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told a group of his supporters that they should not shake hands since he might have brought them coronavirus. One of his supporters, in return, said, "We accept everything that's coming from you."
Only 5.8 percent of Turkish citizens are taking precautions against the coronavirus outbreak that's killed more than 4,000 people worldwide since December, a poll by private Optimar Research revealed. In contrast, 76.8 percent of participants said that they were afraid of the outbreak reaching Turkey.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 10 that it's high likely that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is in Turkey, adding that there are no confirmed cases so far. While coronavirus has been spreading in Turkey’s neighboring countries, no cases were reported in Turkey.
An 86-year-old woman was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning from Turkey to the United States, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on March 9. Turkey issued a statement a day later saying that the U.S. woman had not in fact visited Turkey, but only passed through the Istanbul Airport.
A German woman on holiday in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 10, Health Minister Ali Pilli said. A day earlier, the Greek Cypriot government in the island's south reported its first two confirmed cases of coronavirus, including a heart surgeon believed to have been infected on a recent trip to London.