Prof. Ateş Kara from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has warned against the re-acceleration of the coronavirus spread if it's not fully brought under control. Commenting on whether a normalization process is near, Kara said, "Think about this outbreak as a major fire. If you don't take the fire completely under control and extinguish it, it can grow even larger with the slightest wind. That's why we shouldn't relax."
Turkey’s Interior Ministry fined more than 35,000 persons for the four-day curfew that aimed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The ministry however said that over 63 million people had adhered to the rules, although they didn’t specify how this number was obtained.
Vice President Fuat Oktay said on April 17 that some 25,000 Turkish citizens in 59 countries will be brought to Turkey in order for them to spend the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the subsequent Eid al-Fitr at home with their loved ones.
Turkey's schools will hold "compensatory education" during the summer, but summer break will still take place. Turkey will not repeat the academic semester, nor will it cancel summer break, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk.
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.
Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop announced the cancellation of April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day celebrations over the coronavirus pandemic that killed over 600 people in the country. "We had to postpone the celebrations that people would gather on April 23. Let's sing the national anthem at 9 p.m. on April 23 in our homes," Şentop said on April 6.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's doctor has urged his patient to be released from prison, saying his health problems make him vulnerable against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Demirtaş is among one of the groups that's under highest risk. Prison conditions bear major risks in terms of getting infected," Cegerxun Polat told Duvar.
Turkey has sent medical aid packages with Jalaluddin Rumi's words on to Italy and Spain, the countries worst hit by the novel coronavirus in Europe, to help their fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "There is hope after despair and many suns after darkness," read the banners placed on the aid packages.
Water consumption in Turkey has become under scrutiny as authorities urge people to wash their hands frequently amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that led to millions of people staying home to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus. The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works released a written statement on March 27, saying that "water has become more precious than ever" since consumption has increased since the beginning of the outbreak.
Truck driver Malik Yılmaz, who criticized the government's calls for staying home amid the coronavirus outbreak due to his obligation to work, was detained and released on March 29. "You're saying, 'Stay home Turkey.' How can I? I'm not rich. I'm a worker. I'm a truck driver. I can't earn my bread if I don't work. I can't pay my bills and rent. Not being able to pay these is worse than dying," he said in a video.
Turkey halted intercity trains and limited domestic flights on March 28. In a notice detailing travel restrictions, the Interior Ministry said all citizens must remain in the cities they reside in and could only leave with a doctor's note, in the event of the death of a family member or if they have no accommodation.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya urged Istanbulites to stay home for the next 48 hours in bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). "For your health, family, loved ones, Istanbul and our country, don't leave your house for 48 hours," Yerlikaya tweeted on March 29.
Two patients under coronavirus quarantine escaped from the hospitals they were kept in and were nabbed by police officers in the capital Ankara and Istanbul. In Ankara, 36-year-old patient, identified only by the initials as Y.Y., escaped from the Ankara City Hospital on March 22. A similar incident took place in Istanbul, where a woman escaped from quarantine by jumping out of the window in the Taksim First Aid Hospital on March 23.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has warned mask producers against stockpiling amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country. We carried out simultaneous raids on all the mask producers in Turkey at 8 a.m. yesterday. We told them to enter into agreement with our health ministry. They have between 10 to 12 hours, we can seize their factories tomorrow. We won't hesitate to do that, we have the authority" Soylu said.
Turkey's death toll from coronavirus rose to 30 as the number of cases surged to 1236, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 22. The minister said that a total of 20,345 tests were carried out "until today," adding that all of those who died were of the elderly. "Let's stay at our homes. Let's not take any risks," Koca tweeted.