Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
Turkey's Presidency mandated that everyone who will attend the July 15, 2016 coup attempt memorial ceremony be tested for COVID-19. One politician noted that none of the deputies are tested for general sessions and that the precaution is required for being in the president's presence.
A new testing center in Istanbul Airport will offer all passengers COVID-19 tests for 110 Turkish Liras each (about $16). The center's capacity is an hourly 2,000.
Turkey's coronavirus testing will no longer be focused on solely fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. The criteria will be expanded to include people with symptoms of sore throat, headache, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell or diarrhea, daily Hürriyet reported. The newspaper also quoted a renowned professor as saying that one person out of every 100 in Istanbul is believed to be carrying the virus.
Serkan Alan reports: COVID-19 sample collecting services for Turkey's Health Ministry were contracted to a single company without a tender, leading to an outrage among its competitors. The company in question charges clients for testing by the Health Ministry, which an opposition deputy deemed "unearned profit."