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.
A number of Turkish actors unions have published a guidebook concerning the conditions of actors working amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidebook cautions against overcrowded sets and says that all employees involved in the pre-production, shooting and post-production processes must not work without insurance.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned against resuming medical tourism, saying that the move would result in a health disaster amid the ongoing pandemic. "We still don't know the consequences of reopening shopping malls and think that bringing patients from abroad on such an early date like May 20 into the hospitals here will be harmful to the health of society,” TTB chairman Sinan Adıyaman told Duvar.
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?"
A nurse has claimed that he looked after children with cancer when he was COVID-19 positive at the Çapa Faculty of Medicine in Istanbul, saying that he went to the emergency room of the hospital two weeks ago for showing coronavirus symptoms, but was told that he didn't have high fever and was not diagnosed with the virus. "They didn't even make a test. I served child chemotherapy patients for two weeks," he told Duvar.
Eren Yıldırım, the CHP's Yüreğir district youth branch head, was arrested over allegedly attacking a group of aid workers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Yıldırım was arrested upon orders from the government. I condemn the judiciary for issuing rulings upon orders," CHP deputy leader Onursal Adıgüzel said.
Six members of Congress, including Ilhan Omar, penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging the government to engage with Ankara to secure the release of political prisoners in Turkey, requesting that the U.S. government discuss the equitable application of release policies, particularly in the context of U.S. financial or other material assistance to Turkey.
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.
Some 2.3 million people visited shopping malls in two days after Turkish authorities eased restrictions imposed over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Shopping Centers and Investors Association head Hüseyin Altaş said that the numbers are on expected levels.
Education authority warns teachers for refusing to distribute COVID-19 aid bags with Erdoğan’s signature
The İzmit District Directorate of National Education has sent a warning to the teachers for refusing to distribute coronavirus (COVID-19) aid packages with President Erdoğan's signature, saying that necessary administrative action will be taken. The warning was slammed by the Education and Science Workers' Union.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.
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.
The administration of Istanbul's Silivri Prison has claimed that letters sent to inmates led to coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the prison in a bid to defend itself in the face of criticisms. "It's as if they're mocking us. The only contact these people have with the outside world is the guards. They want to blame prisoners' families by linking the cause of the virus to letters," a lawyer told Duvar, adding that 20 inmates infected with coronavirus are being kept in the same cell.
Istanbul Municipal Council's members from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have significantly decreased the municipality's resources despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, prompting criticism from Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu for being politically-motivated. "I should underline that these decisions will go down in history. This is wrong during the pandemic period," he said.