The neighborhood head (muhtar) of the eastern village of İçmeler blocked off the entrance, and hung up a banner that reads "Entrances to the village are banned because of corona!" The muhtar also takes visitors' temperatures and only allows residents to enter.
Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk said late on April 29 that schools might reopen on June 1 if normalization from the coronavirus pandemic goes as planned. Earlier in the day, he had announced that that the country extended remote education until May 31.
Presidential spokesperson says it’s not possible to state when coronavirus measures will be lifted in Turkey
President Erdoğan's spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that it's not possible to state when the measures imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be lifted. Kalın's statements are in contrast with the remarks of Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik, who said that gradual normalization may begin after Eid al-Fitr, which ends on May 26.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has responded to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's accusations on CHP municipalities acting similar to "terrorist organizations," saying that they keep their silence for the good of the people. "For now, we're hearing the harsh accusations coming behind us, but keep going without saying anything. We don't have time to lose with the people shouting behind us. We keep running forward for the people," İmamoğlu said.
Main opposition slams gov’t for sending coronavirus aid abroad ‘when Turkish people can’t get masks’
CHP spokesperson Faik Öztrak has slammed the government over sending coronavirus aid to a number of countries when Turkish people can't get masks. "They couldn't distribute five masks to people in the past month, but they sent planes full of masks to Britain, Spain and Italy to show off," Öztrak said, referring to the government's decision to distribute five masks free of charge to each citizen once in every 10 days.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 19 that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 86,306, surpassing the official figures announced by China and making the country with the seventh-highest total in the world. Koca said 127 more people have died, taking the death toll to 2,017.
The Turkish Medical Association has reiterated its call to the Health Ministry on using the appropriate World Health Organization (WHO) codes when reporting coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, saying that the numbers revealed daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca are based on PCR tests and exclude people whose tests are negative, but who are suspected to have been infected with the virus based on clinical and epidemiological findings.
The Adana Provincial Health Directorate has sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) off over "not being sanitary." According to the directorate, a license application was not filed by the municipality before its construction.
Prof. Alpay Azap from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has criticized Prof. Ercüment Ovalı's announcement on having found a cure for the coronavirus. "These types of announcements made in excitement cause people to have the feelings of trust and hope that are unnecessary and have no basis. I'm personally concerned about the emergence of disappointment and despair in the following process," Azap said.
Opposition leader urges coronavirus commission to quit if their suggestions are not followed by Turkish gov’t
İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener has urged members of the Science Commission to resign from their duties if their suggestions in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic are not implemented by the ruling AKP. "The suggestions of the Science Commission depend on the Erdoğan. We know that the commission asked for a full quarantine. It should have been implemented, but Erdoğan rejected it," Akşener said in an interview.
The Turkish Medical Association has claimed that the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country is higher than the official figures, saying that the Health Ministry doesn't convey the numbers to the World Health Organization (WHO) using the appropriate codes, causing the death toll to seem lesser than it actually is. WHO, meanwhile, said that it's alarmed about the "dramatic increase" in coronavirus spread in Turkey.
Turkish Medical Association head Prof. Sinan Adıyaman has said that they expect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to last for a total of 11 weeks from its beginning until it wanes, adding that there is lack of information on the issue. This is the first time humanity encounters a coronavirus pandemic, so they can't exactly predict how the process will go," Adıyaman said.
Healthcare workers celebrate when 95-year-old Turkish man recovered from coronavirus leaves hospital
Healthcare professionals at a hospital in the western province of İzmir celebrated when a 95-year-old man recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) was discharged from the hospital.
Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop announced the cancellation of April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day celebrations over the coronavirus pandemic that killed over 600 people in the country. "We had to postpone the celebrations that people would gather on April 23. Let's sing the national anthem at 9 p.m. on April 23 in our homes," Şentop said on April 6.
A total of 58.5 dollars was reportedly cut from the personal accounts of a number of Turkish teachers after using Zoom upon the request of their school managers. School managers and administrators obliged teachers to use Zoom, since 100 people can attend an online meeting at the same time free of charge, to continue classes online, daily Sözcü reported on April 6. Turkey's Education Ministry released a statement, saying that they have been warning teachers, students and administrators against cyber attacks.