COVID-19 positive case
Turkey's first communist mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu tested positive for COVID-19, urging all district mayors in the city to self-isolate at home. The mayor of the eastern town of Dersim, Maçoğlu had tested positive on June 22 and was admitted to the local state hospital.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members noted that the announcement of the Turkish COVID-19 drug was unusually fast, and the information about the drug itself was unfounded. Meanwhile, one member said that the country was far from having overcome the outbreak, which he said was evident in the inconsistency of new numbers of cases each day.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that young men getting drafted for military service would receive COVID-19 tests. The minister added that depending on their test results, 182,000 young men would become eligible for deployment.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.
Meryem Dutoğlu writes: Authoritarian governments already see the coronavirus pandemic as a great way to test and legitimize the use of surveillance tools. If not abused now, surveillance practices may remain in place in various forms and used for the regime’s sake, such as in the cases of following opponents, manipulating electoral campaigns.