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.
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.
Turkey's appliances giant Vestel reportedly prevented workers from seeking help at the hospital, even though they presented with symptoms. A report by the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) revealed major lapses in COVID-19 precautions in the company's western Manisa factory.
The death of a COVID-19 patient in northern Çorum was recorded as caused by an infectious disease, which is a regular death. The 82-year-old man had been receiving COVID-19 treatment for 20 days. "We were shocked to see the death certificate. They still said we had to wear masks and gloves to pick up his body," the deceased man's son said.
Turkish hotels will cover COVID-19 testing and isolation costs for Russian tourists if they show symptoms of the disease at the airport, Sputnik Turkey reported. Hospitalization costs will fall upon the traveler's insurance.
Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
Only four percent of Turkey's health workers are immune to COVID-19, a recent series of tests conducted by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) revealed. Meanwhile, immunity among Istanbulites measured around three percent.
A new testing center in Istanbul Airport will offer all passengers COVID-19 tests for 110 Turkish Liras each (about $16). The center's capacity is an hourly 2,000.
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.
Serkan Alan reports: COVID-19 sample collecting services for Turkey's Health Ministry were contracted to a single company without a tender, leading to an outrage among its competitors. The company in question charges clients for testing by the Health Ministry, which an opposition deputy deemed "unearned profit."