Turkey's Central Bank has said that the removal of certain preventive measures imposed to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ensuing demand were the primary factors influencing inflation in June. According to the Central Bank's report, consumer prices went up 1.13 percent in June, rising 1.23 points and increasing 12.62 percent annually.
Ankara has been readying for Germany’s EU Presidency in its own way. The first thing on Ankara’s agenda is brokering and concluding a new migrant agreement with the EU, and doing so by gnawing away some serious concessions. We may translate this as “money talks”.
Turkey has been using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to suppress freedom of expression and crack down on dissenting views, said Amnesty International in a report published last week. The Turkish government has been known for aggressively targeting social media users and bringing criminal charges against them for their posts for the past several years, and this remained constant during the coronavirus outbreak.
Taxi drivers have lashed out at Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu's plan to add 5,000 more taxi licenses to the market. "Driving taxis is not the municipality’s job,” said the head of the Istanbul Airport Taxi Drivers Cooperative.
Former deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey has returned to the poor years of the 1970s. “The only reason for this is the bad policies of the government. With the right policies, Turkey can become a self-sufficient country," he told.
Human Rights Watch has urged Turkey to halt investigations into doctors running three professional medical associations in Turkey’s southeast and eastern provinces, saying, "The authorities should respect both freedom of expression and the important role of healthcare worker associations in informing the public and protecting public health."
There is an important rise in the number of those catching coronavirus in the Diyarbakır area. Villages and apartments are under quarantine. Of course there is also the warning from doctors of a second wave. This warning indicates that the government is adopting the approach of passing responsibility onto society.
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.
Turkish Health Ministry will reportedly use loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to construct a pandemic hospital in Istanbul. The ministry borrowed 200 million euros for the hospital, which is being constructed on the now-defunct Atatürk Airport by Rönesans Holding, daily Sözcü columnist Çiğdem Toker reported on May 27.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly ordered officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to go out on the streets to listen to people's complaints. "You have to be the most careful ones on wearing masks and abiding by social distancing. You'll describe the normalization process to them and listen to their demands," Erdoğan reportedly told the party members.
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and EuroCup basketball tournaments on May 25 have become the latest major sports events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. EuroLeague President & CEO Jordi Bertomeu said this is the most difficult decision they had taken in the organization's history.
Nuray Pehlivan reports: Turkey's coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the already difficult conditions for the country's refugees, many of whom are facing starvation and homelessness as a result. According to City Council Refugee Committee Chair Mete Hüsünbeyi, hundreds of thousands of refugees have lost their jobs as businesses have closed amid the pandemic.
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?"