The COVID-19 pandemic has reportedly cost the Istanbul Municipality some 5,000,000 Turkish Liras. The city will be pausing non-essential projects for a year to compensate for the emergency spending, Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said.
Turkey will impose a two-day curfew in 15 provinces beginning Friday midnight in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Interior Ministry said grocery shops will be allowed to operate until 11 p.m. on June 5 and they will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 6.
Turkey's Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu has said that the country is planning to gradually resume international flights to 40 countries as of June 10. The first flights will be to Northern Cyprus, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Qatar and Greece, and will take place on June 10, he said.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 21 to total 4,630 and new confirmed cases rose by 988 to bring the country’s total to 167,410, Health Ministry data showed on June 4.
Turkey does not expect a second wave of Covid-19 infections, Health Minister Koca said, however also warning that the normalization period does not mean citizens can be able to return to their old way of living. Meanwhile, the country announced 867 new confirmed cases and 24 new deaths on June 3.
Turkey announced 786 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 22 new deaths on June 2. The daily death toll and new cases marked the fewest in a 24-hour span since late March.
The main opposition CHP's proposal calling for the government to postpone university and highschool entrance exams has been rejected by the votes of the AKP and MHP lawmakers. The proposal came after the government last month decided to move up the dates of the nationwide exams.
A recent study revealed June to be a premature date to start normalization efforts after Turkey returned to regular operations on June 1. The study also noted that the only way to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infections was if the population developed immunity.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 23 to total 4,563 and new confirmed cases rose by 827 to bring the country’s total to 164,769, Health Ministry data showed on June 1.
The southeastern province of Gaziantep once again received almost half of all fines issued nationwide for violating the weekend curfew. A total of 5,108 fines were issued to individuals during the curfew, while 16 businesses were fined for operating during the curfew.
People flock to streets after midnight as life returns to ‘normal’ following COVID-19 pause in Turkey
Residents of Turkey's provinces under COVID-19 lockdowns flocked to streets, bus stations and even the beach after midnight. As businesses reopened and daily life returned to pre-coronavirus activity, traffic congestion in Istanbul rose to 26 percent by 7.30 a.m. on June 1.
The Black Sea province of Zonguldak’s disproportionate rate of COVID-19 cases has to do with the fact that is it a mining province, and it hosts a recently closed thermal power plant. A significant number of those who have contracted the virus and succumbed to it are retired miners. Though the situation in the province is gradually returning to normalcy, there are still reasons for concern.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 28 to total 4,489 and new confirmed cases rose by 1,141 to bring the country’s total to 162,120, Health Ministry data showed on May 29.
May 29 saw the first Friday congregational prayers being held in Turkey's mosques since the coronavirus outbreak. Limits were set on the number of worshippers and the ground was marked to ensure social distancing, Diyanet said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on May 28 that Turkey is still leading in terms of new coronavirus infections in Europe, along with Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Belarus.