Investigations were launched into 29 social media users over sharing "provocative" posts on coronavirus (COVID-19), hours after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported Turkey's first coronavirus case. According to the prosecutor's office, the 29 social media users shared posts accusing Turkish authorities of hiding the coronavirus cases is the country, as well as those that incite panic and fear in the society.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said "no virus is stronger than our precautions" hours after Turkey reported its first coronavirus case. Erdoğan said that the person who was diagnosed with coronavirus returned to Turkey after visiting Europe, adding that the individual's treatment is ongoing. "The patient's family is also being observed," he said.
Two people were quarantined on suspicion of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır and the northwestern province of Sakarya on March 11, hours after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported Turkey's first coronavirus case.
A person was suspected to have been infected by the novel coronavirus on a Stockholm-Istanbul flight on March 10, causing a brief panic among the passengers. The person in question was later examined by an airport doctor who did not find any symptoms of the virus.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told a group of his supporters that they should not shake hands since he might have brought them coronavirus. One of his supporters, in return, said, "We accept everything that's coming from you."
Only 5.8 percent of Turkish citizens are taking precautions against the coronavirus outbreak that's killed more than 4,000 people worldwide since December, a poll by private Optimar Research revealed. In contrast, 76.8 percent of participants said that they were afraid of the outbreak reaching Turkey.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 10 that it's high likely that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is in Turkey, adding that there are no confirmed cases so far. While coronavirus has been spreading in Turkey’s neighboring countries, no cases were reported in Turkey.
An 86-year-old woman was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning from Turkey to the United States, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on March 9. Turkey issued a statement a day later saying that the U.S. woman had not in fact visited Turkey, but only passed through the Istanbul Airport.
A German woman on holiday in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 10, Health Minister Ali Pilli said. A day earlier, the Greek Cypriot government in the island's south reported its first two confirmed cases of coronavirus, including a heart surgeon believed to have been infected on a recent trip to London.
Turkish police have announced that legal action will be taken on "misleading" social media posts about the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Turkey. "Fake accounts that featured fake images on coronavirus presence in Turkey and social media posts that incite fear and panic in the society were determined. Necessary legal action was taken on these individuals who aim to incite fear," it said.
A passenger who arrived in Singapore on March 2 aboard a Turkish Airlines plane tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the plane to be sent back empty on March 4. The passenger was a French national and transited through Istanbul en route to Singapore from London. The crew tested negative for the virus in Singapore.
A passenger flying on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Singapore has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia said. Singapore's Foreign Ministry is in contact with the Turkish Embassy on this matter, according to the report.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that he told an Iranian delegation planning to visit Turkey to not come, but suggested talking over Skype instead, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Iran. "They wanted to send a delegation to our [ministry's] Science Committee to receive information. We said, 'Don't come. Let's talk over Skype,'" Koca said.
Turkey's Trade Ministry has placed protective medical gear like masks, bodysuits and gloves, on the list of items that need ministry pre-approval for being sold abroad, the official gazette said on Mar. 4. The export regulation comes amid a worldwide coronavirus outbreak that increased the global demand for such goods.
The man later confirmed to be Nigeria's first case of coronavirus entered the country on a Turkish Airlines flight from Milan that had a connection in Istanbul. The man was also the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Sub-Saharan Africa.