Turkey's Deputy Interior Minister İsmail Çataklı has said that reports of Ankara mulling re-imposing curfews are "completely baseless." Çataklı's comments came after Reuters, citing a senior official, said that the government is weighing the re-implementation of lockdowns to stem rising coronavirus cases in the country.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca's acknowledgement that the government did not publish the full number of daily positive COVID-19 cases but only those who are symptomatic prompted outrage in the country. "You didn't carry out the process transparently. We've been saying this for six months. You hid the truth. You didn't prevent the outbreak from spreading," the Turkish Medical Association said in a tweet on Sept. 30.
The governor's office in the Black Sea province of Giresun banned smoking cigarettes in public spaces on the grounds that it required removing face masks, hence risking the spread of COVID-19. The province will fine those smoking in the streets, parks or any other public spaces.
The Turkish Health Ministry is under scrutiny over the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases it announces daily. "This is not the exact number of positive cases. However, this is not the number of patients receiving treatment at hospitals only," the ministry reportedly told Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan, prompting confusion on what the numbers on the daily coronavirus chart mean.
Most sanitizers used in Turkish hospitals are fake, pharmaceutical company head tells health minister
Merkez İlaç CEO Mehmet Şapçı has told Health Minister Fahrettin Koca that most of the sanitizers used in hospitals are fake. According to Şapçı, these fake products have around 3.3 percent povidone-iodine, whereas the standard is at 10 percent. He also named the fake products in the letter he sent to the minister.
Turkey began the final Phase III trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Sept. 16. The results of the trial will be sent the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine candidate being trialled in Turkey was developed by Sinovac.
Founder of Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) Ali Babacan's father is in critical care for COVID-19, he said on Sept. 14, on the chairman's third week with the virus. Babacan's wife and son also got infected, but recovered at home, while his father-in-law was also hospitalized, he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic is out of control in Turkey, as the number of daily diagnoses has surpassed the number of patients who successfully completed treatment for a few days, infections expert Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan said on Aug. 26. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has implemented additional precautions such as limiting wedding ceremonies' length.
The Unity for Democracy platform has released an announcement on its website on Aug. 24 asserting that Turkey's present coronavirus situation is out of control and has called for urgent measures to be taken, citing recent figures and statements from healthcare experts.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that Turkey is in talks with Russia, Germany and China about conducting Phase 3 trials for coronavirus vaccines developed in those countries. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, he said there were 13 vaccines being developed in Turkey, three of which have gone beyond the animal testing phase.
Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) rose by 20 on Aug. 18 to 6,016, health ministry data showed, with the total number of identified cases rising to 251,805. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reiterated his warnings on Twitter while sharing the daily coronavirus chart.
Turkish professor points to exhaustion among doctors, says resignations increasing amid COVID-19 pandemic
Prof. Oya İtil, the deputy chair of Turkish Thoracic Society, pointed to the exhaustion among doctors and said that resignations are increasing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The professor also said that the rapid switch to normalization in July and August led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 patients.
Turkey's coronavirus count rose on Aug. 15 to its highest daily level since June, with total deaths nearing 6,000. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter there were 1,256 new cases and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing total cases above 278,000, and he urged Turkish people to work together to turn things around.
The Turkish Consulate in the German city of Nuremberg on Aug. 13 announced that it was temporarily closed as one of its staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany reached its highest level in more than three months on Aug. 12.
Employees of Turkish Airlines (THY) have been facing an uncertain future due to the salary crisis that has been ongoing for five months in the company. According to Sözcü, talks between the THY and Hava-İş, the Turkish union representing a large number of workers in the civil aviation sector, have failed to reach a conclusion.