President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on June 4 after public backlash. In a series of tweets, Erdoğan said on June 5 the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new COVID-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000.
There will most certainly be a second wave of the novel virus sometime after September, the Ministry of Health’s Science Committee member Dr. Alpay Azap said. However a second wave is not expected to be as high as what Turkey experienced in April because a sense of preparedness has been established in society, he added.
Turkey's main opposition CHP and the Future Party have criticized the government for prioritizing the reopening of shopping malls while keeping the parliament shut. Ahmet Davutoğlu, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also asked why "Erdoğan is locking himself” at his residence in Istanbul if Turkey has overcome the pandemic to the extent that it can reopen the malls.
Prof. Alpay Azap, a member of the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 Science Committee, predicts the epidemic will peak around the end of April. “The disease peaks within around 60 days. Considering it appeared on March 11 in Turkey, we still have three to four weeks to go,” Azap told daily Habertürk on April 3.
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.