Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on June 28 that society wasn't careful enough in its fight against COVID-19. Noting that the number of new cases each day was on a slow decrease, the minister said the country wasn't fast enough in controlling the spread of the virus. Turkey
Swedish citizens of Turkish origin have the highest rate of coronavirus of any ethnic group in Sweden, according to a report from Sweden's Public Health Agency. More than 100,000 citizens of Turkish origin live in Sweden.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Business owners shut down voluntarily in southeastern Turkey district where COVID-19 cases on the rise
Business owners in the southeastern Turkey district of Cizre voluntarily shut down their stores in an attempt to curb the recent increase in the area's new COVID-19 cases. The increase in the number of new diagnoses comes during Turkey's normalization process, which started on June 1.
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.
Research reveals first COVID-19 case in Turkey came from US, arrived earlier than official announcement
Researchers at Istanbul's Sabancı University traced the first case of COVID-19 in Turkey to the United States, which also pointed to having arrived earlier than the official announcement of March 11. Meanwhile, the second and third cases were revealed to have arrived from Europe and Australia.
Four Turkish provinces reported new COVID-19 diagnoses after up to more than a month of not observing new cases. The mediterranean province of Antalya and the eastern towns of Artvin, Elazığ and Bingöl reported diagnosing new patients a little over two weeks after Turkey started its "normalization" process.
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.
Turkish professor from Harvard Medical School Emrah Altındiş slammed the Turkish Health Ministry's announcement that the COVID-19 reproduction rate had dropped by 50% in the past week. Altındiş also criticized Health Minister Fahrettin Koca's prediction that a second wave of infections wasn't expected.
Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by seven to 44 as the number of cases surged to 1,872, Health Minister Koca said on March 24. Of the latest seven victims, one had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (known as COPD), while the other six were elderly patients, Koca said.