Deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently passed legislation to further delay the mandate for small workplaces to employ safety experts. Although the workplace safety bill was passed in 2012, it hasn't been implemented yet.
Turkey's Education Minister Ziya Selçuk was slammed on social media for romanticizing a visit to children of seasonal agriculture workers in the fields. Turkey's parliamentary work safety commission noted that dozens of children died in work accidents in 2019.
A recent simulation by Istanbul Municipality revealed the southern suburbs of the city to be the highest-risk areas in a potential earthquake. While the suburbs are located on both sides of the city, they're all placed alongside the southern Marmara Sea shoreline.
A parliamentary commission revealed that some 462 children in Turkey died under suspicious conditions in 2019. Police data showed that 21 children's deaths were suicides and 29 were the result of poisoning.
Swedish citizens of Turkish origin have the highest rate of coronavirus of any ethnic group in Sweden, according to a report from Sweden's Public Health Agency. More than 100,000 citizens of Turkish origin live in Sweden.
Turkish Health Ministry denies responsibility to qualify COVID-19 as work disability for health workers
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that determining whether COVID-19 qualifies as a work disability for health workers was not within their jurisdiction. However, the ministry is legally bound to both consult on determining work disabilities and also has the authority to determine as a public institution.
Following the Ramadan holiday, it is expected that clinics in Turkey will start to function as normal with certain conditions imposed based on the decline in the number of new daily cases. While expecting a busy wave of patients at all medical facilities, medical experts urge the government to review the health system's needs.
Pınar Öğünç writes: A young teacher in a village near the southeastern Diyarbakır province, has a different story to tell about social distancing and the COVID-19 outbreak. In that village, many families don’t even have phones and some Syrian children live in sheds. Another major problem is the mother tongue which was of course not considered in the government's distance-teaching directive.