Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca slammed Istanbulites' Sunday outing on İstiklal Avenue on Oct. 18, saying that anyone who entered the crowd would get COVID-19.
Sharing a photo of people on the avenue, the minister urged everyone to avoid crowded spaces if possible.
BU KALABALIĞA SAĞLAM GİREN HASTA ÇIKAR. Taksim İstiklal Caddesi, bu Pazar, insanı iyimserlikten uzaklaştıran görüntülere sahne oldu. Maskesini takmış az sayıda kişi olmasa, Pandemi döneminde olduğumuz hiç akla gelmeyebilirdi. Mecburiyet olmadıkça kalabalık ortama girmeyelim. pic.twitter.com/1WCorodzSJ— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) October 18, 2020
"ANYONE WHO ENTERS THIS CROWD HEALTHY WILL COME OUT SICK. Taksim's İstiklal Avenue displayed discouraging scenes," Koca said. "You wouldn't even know it was a pandemic if there weren't many people with masks."
A total of 1,815 COVID-19 diagnoses were made on Oct. 18, while some 72 patients died.
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