Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca slammed Istanbulites' Sunday outing on İstiklal Avenue on Oct. 18, saying that anyone who entered the crowd healthy would come out ill. Meanwhile, some 1,815 COVID-19 diagnoses were made on Oct. 18, while some 72 patients died.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the pace of the COVID-19 pandemic has been slowing down in recent weeks in the country. The minister's comments come shortly after the revelation that the Health Ministry had only been reporting the number of symptomatic COVID-19 patients as the official case count.
Turkey is expecting a supply of 1.5 million flu shots by Oct. 15, but pharmacists fear that the amount will fall short of demand. While many citizens are interested in receiving flu shots amid the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in risk groups may not all have access, pharmacists fear.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca should resign following the revelation that the ministry has been excluding asymptomatic COVID-19 patients from official numbers, Uludağ University's Prof. Kayıhan Pala said. The confirmation of faulty official numbers destroyed trust in the ministry, posing a challenge in the remainder of the fight against the pandemic, the professor added.
Sharing a meal with others at a table isn't safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey's Coronavirus Science Committee member Prof. Tevfik Özlü said. Noting that everyone takes off their masks to eat, the professor said it was an "ideal situation" for the virus to spread.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that coronavirus (COVID-19) positive individuals will wear electronic bracelets while under quarantine as a measure against violating quarantine rules. The ministry is evaluating two options regarding the bracelet and both options include alarming authorities if breaches take place.
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.
The Turkish government is reportedly planning to hand prison sentences between two months and a year to those violating quarantine rules based on an article of the Turkish Penal Code, which regulates behavior in violation of the measures against contagious diseases. The country on Sept. 23 announced the death toll as 72 - its highest since the beginning of May.
Turkey's Foundations Directorate General has failed to implement COVID-19 measures despite 30 diagnoses in the building, daily Cumhuriyet reported. The headquarter for the institution is located in Ankara, where the pandemic has spread extensively.
Adverts offering COVID-19 testing that yields results in three hours have been circulating Turkish capital Ankara as the city observed a spike in daily diagnoses and deaths. Meanwhile, legitimate laboratories say that no such test exists.
A trucker from the southern province of Hatay, Malik Yılmaz hasn't been given a job despite orders from the main opposition leader, remaining unemployed after he got fired in April over his criticism of the government's COVID-19 policies. Yılmaz had posted a video on social media where said that Ankara's policies would kill him.
The COVID-19 pandemic has surged to the same intensity as the first two weeks of the outbreak, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chair Sinan Adıyaman said. Meanwhile, chaos could erupt in the winter months as the national health budget becomes strained to the point of bankruptcy, the former chairman of Ankara Medical Association said.
Former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s wife quits teaching job as COVID-19 prison visitation schedule hinders work
Wife of former of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Başak Demirtaş has announced that she quit her job as a teacher two weeks ago. Noting the difficulty of scheduling visits to her husband in Edirne Prison, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Demirtaş said that she couldn't have performed well at work under these circumstances.
Almost 100 musicians have committed suicide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey, data from an industry union revealed. A main opposition deputy noted that most musicians work without insurance, making them ineligible for any aid or benefits.