The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it sent millions of masks, gloves, goggles and other items worth $1.7 million to protect healthcare professionals and other frontline workers in Turkey from COVID-19. "WHO has also assisted the Ministry of Health to track the spread of COVID-19 in Istanbul, one of the cities hit hardest by the pandemic," it said.
Turkey will be imposing partial curfews on the days when the nationwide high school and university exams will be held on June 20, 27 and 28. The partial curfews will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. on June 20 and 27, whereas it will be in effect on June 28 between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., the Interior Ministry said.
Turkey's Constitutional Court rejected a senior citizen's application claiming their personal liberties had been violated by the COVID-19 curfew. Turkey's seniors were under curfew for almost three months in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, until a June 9 decision allowed them to go outside during the day.
Expert warns wrong use of masks could lead to second wave of COVID-19 infections in Turkey in only weeks
A Turkish professor noted that the faulty use of masks could lead to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Noting that many people fail to cover their nose and mouth with their mask, the doctor said that a potential second wave could arrive in the second half of June.
A group of seniors in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood protested the ongoing curfew on their age group. On a Sunday when they were allowed outside, the seniors asked the curfew to be lifted on citizens over 65 who have dutifully stayed home for months to avoid spreading COVID-19.
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.
The southeastern province of Gaziantep once again received almost half of all fines issued nationwide for violating the weekend curfew. A total of 5,108 fines were issued to individuals during the curfew, while 16 businesses were fined for operating during the curfew.
People flock to streets after midnight as life returns to ‘normal’ following COVID-19 pause in Turkey
Residents of Turkey's provinces under COVID-19 lockdowns flocked to streets, bus stations and even the beach after midnight. As businesses reopened and daily life returned to pre-coronavirus activity, traffic congestion in Istanbul rose to 26 percent by 7.30 a.m. on June 1.
An anonymous resident of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir infected 13 people during an Eid al-Fitr visit to their family members. The individual’s visit violated the nationwide lockdown implemented in an attempt to prevent gatherings during the holiday.
Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has said that Turkey is waging a struggle for political and economic independence, as he commented on the economic situation of the country amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the minister, Turkey is one of the countries that were the least affected by the pandemic in terms of employment and growth.
Turkey's law enforcement fined some 47,831 persons during the four-day curfew on and after Eid al-Fitr. Citizens flocked to the streets immediately after the lockdown ended at midnight on May 27, even creating traffic congestion in Istanbul.
Turkish Spider-Man Burak Soylu has distributed candy to entertain children at home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "I threw candy to children in their balconies. They experienced Eid to some extent. I'm happy to see children smile," he said.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that there are 156 soldiers who tested positive for the coronavirus, adding that the Turkish Armed Forces is among the most successful armies in the world in terms of the number of cases. Akar noted that there are no coronavirus cases in the operation areas as a result of the adopted measures.
Three HDP deputies have slammed police over lining 13 people facing a wall for violating the curfew imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. "This is governing without a constitution and law. This is the ordinary fascism of the Presidential Palace's state, in which the people's wills are crushed daily," lawmaker Serpil Kemalbay said, while another deputy, Murat Sarısaç asked, "Are you apprehending prisoners of war?"
Prof. Ahmet Demircan from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has criticized people for flocking to shopping malls amid the coronavirus pandemic, while urging those who absolutely need to go shopping to be as quick as possible in leaving the malls. "The queues in front of shopping malls are beyond comprehension," he said.