Istanbul University's Cerrahpaşa Medical School has been observing twice as many patients, the dean said on Oct. 20. Turkey's official numbers receded to early May levels on the same day, observing some 2,026 diagnoses. "There's almost a doubling of the number of cases and patients seeking help in Cerrahpaşa. The winter might be rough for all of us," the dean said.
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 total number of COVID-19 deaths in Turkey surpassed 8,000 as 65 patients died on Sept. 28, Health Ministry data revealed. Meanwhile, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca noted that the number of recovered patients was higher than the number of new diagnoses for the first time in a while.
Health workers in Ankara are instructed to prioritize patients they defined as VIP, often connections of local politicians or Health Ministry workers, daily BirGün reported. Ambulance drivers and paramedics reported being redirected to VIP patients by dispatch even if the "patient" doesn't need transportation to the hospital, or are asymptomatic.
The number of both active COVID-19 patients and those in critical care have been increasing, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sept. 15. Turkey observed 67 deaths and the number of patients receiving critical care rose to 1,327 on the same day.
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.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sept. 10 that the average age of active COVID-19 patients in Turkey was 42. Meanwhile, the average of COVID-19 cases in intensive care units is 65, Koca said.
The Turkish government has been cracking down on the implementation of COVID-19 precautions, fining violators and even forcing quarantine in public dormitories in some provinces. The number of new diagnoses has been on the rise in Turkey, where 55 COVID-19 patients died on Sept. 9.
The southeastern Turkey province of Mardin will be "marking" COVID-19 patients and their close encounters with mandatory wristbands, the governor's office said. The province will fine anyone who takes off their wristband, as it was found to be a violation of the public health code.
An imam has lost his life after being forced to touch several bodies of COVID-19 victims without his hazmat suit on in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Yeni Yaşam daily reported on Aug. 31. The imam's wife said that she thinks the mufti's office forced her husband to work with COVID-19 victims because he had entered a conflict with the office before.
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.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and two professors from the ministry's Science Commission have warned against the sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that the increase in the number of cases returned to the levels seen at the first days of the pandemic in the capital.
All hospital beds and dormitories are filled in southeastern Mardin, where experts are worried the health infrastructure will fail to accommodate needs as the number of cases in the city approach 5,000.