An infectious diseases expert noted that sharing make-up products can spread COVID-19 within a matter of hours. Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan said that coronavirus can stay active on products for up to five hours.
An infectious diseases expert warned that there are some 400,000 COVID-19 patients in Turkey who may not know they’re sick, but could still infect others. The expert urged widespread testing among service workers and healthcare workers as Turkey begins normalization by reopening shopping malls and hair salons.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry and Health Ministry urged citizens to not relax their attention to COVID-19 precautionary measures. The message came after the government partially lifted curfews and reopened malls, barber shops and hair salons.
Istanbul municipality committee warns early ‘normalization’ could lead to a sudden surge in infections
The Istanbul Municipality's Science Committee warned against early relaxing of COVID-19 precautions as the country begins normalization. The municipality criticized the reopening of shopping malls, hair salons and barber shops, and the start of the national soccer league.
Turkey’s relaxation of COVID-19 precautions will be discussed in a cabinet meeting today. While food businesses and hair salons will reportedly open in May, tourism, transportation and cultural activities are expected to pick back up in June, according to a pro-government journalist who often gets a tip-off from President Erdoğan's inner cabinet.
Hacı Bişkin reports: Barbers have complained to the government that they have been left unprotected, and have claimed that they are not benefitting from the government's economic relief package. Şükrü Akyüz, chairman of the Istanbul Mens Barber Chamber, says that the state should provide barbers with at least the current minimum wage.