Coronavirus Science Committee
Second wave of COVID-19 expected to hit Turkey in September or October, says Science Committee member
A second wave of COVID-19 is likely to occur in September or October, according to a member of Turkey's Health Ministry Coronavirus Science Committee. “Let us not be deceived by the [recent] decrease in case numbers. We are expecting the second wave to occur in September-October due to the changes in the body immunity, the increase in the crowds and more time spent indoors," Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sema Turan said.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
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.
A member of Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee said that large wedding organizations will be allowed as of July 11. Noting that date might change based on the course of the pandemic, the committee member said organizations with at most 50 people will be allowed around June 8.
Turkey's Interior Ministry said that the sale of non-essentials in street markets could resume, since the country had made positive progress in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and personal protective equipment will continue to be mandated.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from the main opposition CHP is more successful in managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a poll carried out by Metropoll which aimed to reveal people's perceptions on governance during the pandemic. Yavaş ranked third in the list, surpassing Erdoğan, who came in fourth.
Prof. Tevfik Özlü from the Health Ministry's Science Committee has said that Turkey can return to normal in three months if measures implemented against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to be abided by. "We can see that the outbreak is waning in not only Turkey, but in the world. We are heading towards a period that's appropriate for discussing normalization. Life needs to return to normal and we can't normalize by sitting at home," Özlü said.
Müzeyyen Yüce reports: A member of Turkey's Coronavirus Science Committee warned that the COVID-19 outbreak could affect as much as 60 percent of the population. While the current preventative measures slow the spread, these may need to stay in place until a vaccine is found, Prof. Serap Şimşek Yavuz said.
A number of Turkish bars have slammed the Turkish Bar Association for unilaterally asking for the cancellation of the judicial recess, saying that it's early to make such a request when the course of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown. "Making this in a period that the danger posed by the coronavirus is ongoing is not different from murder," Istanbul Bar head Mehmet Durakoğlu told Duvar.
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.
Turkey doesn’t have capacity for mass production of coronavirus vaccine, says Science Committee member
Turkey does not have the capacity to produce massive quantities of coronavirus vaccines, a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Committee said, amid efforts to come up with a vaccine. Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan also said there are countries that are “more prepared” than Turkey regarding this issue and they have already developed vaccines for other viruses.
Zeitgeist Turkey | Episode 4: How a 48-hour curfew announcement triggered political fallout in Ankara
Turkish government's sudden decision on April 10 to declare a 48-hour curfew for 31 major cities triggered panic and chaos pushing thousands of Turks to rush to stores on a Friday night for last-minute purchases. Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki look for answers to how Ankara's failure to manage the crisis might affect the power struggle in Turkey?
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.
Some medical experts in Turkey argue that the hospitals which were previously emptied by the AKP government, can easily be ransformed into functioning hospitals with minimal spending to treat COVID-19 patients. One might wonder why they were closed in the first place.
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.