Coronavirus Science Committee
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.
Prof. Alpay Azap, a member of the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 Science Committee, predicts the epidemic will peak around the end of April. “The disease peaks within around 60 days. Considering it appeared on March 11 in Turkey, we still have three to four weeks to go,” Azap told daily Habertürk on April 3.
Confederation of Public Employees Trade Union (KESK) has said that it will file a criminal complaint if workers are forced to make donations to the National Solidarity Campaign launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The campaign, to which contributing must be voluntary, is being tried to be turned into a campaign that hundreds of thousands of civil servants are forced to contribute,” read a statement released by KESK.
Turkey’s major labor and trade unions released a petition April 1 including seven recommendations to the government in the fight against COVID-19. Most items urge the government to establish protective measures to shield workers and vulnerable parts of society.
A member of Turkish Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee has said that the epidemic will linger longer than just a few months and urged a curfew to be declared in provinces that have been hit by the virus the most.