Turkey is experiencing a spike in the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Aug. 11. Koca's comments came as the country's daily COVID-19 cases have recently shown a sharp rebounding trend, with more than 1,000 daily jump in successive days.
Approximately 250,000 people in Turkey are believed to be carrying the COVID-19 virus, said a member of Turkish Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee. Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü said that of this figure, some 215,000 show no symptoms of the disease.
Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases have shown a sharp rebounding trend, with more than 1,000 daily jump in successive days. “We need to prevent the risk in the Eid al-Adha and holiday from causing new consequences. We need unity in precautions," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.
Turkey might see surge in cases in 2 weeks due to COVID-19 violations during Eid al-Adha, say experts
Turkish Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee members have expressed their concerns over violations of coronavirus preventive measures during the Eid al-Adha holiday. They said Turkey might face a growing number of clusters of COVID-19 cases in two weeks time, given an incubation period of up to 14 days for the disease after exposure.
Experts have claimed that the Health Ministry has been hiding the actual number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country amid the worsening situation, as they pointed to the removal of two significant parameters from a chart shared daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. They also voiced concerns on a second wave that would put the health system in a difficult situation.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman has criticized the Health Ministry for removing the number of intensive care unit and intubated patients from the daily COVID-19 data it shares every night. Adıyaman said that the ministry's move leads to suspicions that the coronavirus epidemic is getting worse in the country.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 29 that the partial curfew imposed on senior citizens might be lifted following the Eid al-Adha holiday, in line with the Coronavirus Science Committee's suggestion in this regard. Turkey's elderly aged 65 and above are currently allowed to go out between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. as part of coronavirus measures.
Turkey registered 933 new coronavirus cases on July 16, bringing the tally so far to 216,873. The country's death toll from the virus rose to 5,440, with 21 new fatalities reported.
Six Turkish provinces have not reported any pneumonia cases in last three days, says Health Minister
Turkey on July 15 reported a second straight day of fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 15, with 947 cases identified. Koca also said that six provinces have not reported any cases of pneumonia, which is a serious complication of the COVID-19, over the last three days.
Turkey's daily new COVID-19 cases dropped below 1,000 for the first time in 33 days, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 14. Koca made the remarks as Turkey registered 992 new cases and 20 new fatalities from the virus.
Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the southeastern provinces of Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, and Diyarbakır lead in COVID-19 cases, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 13. Koca made the remarks as Turkey registered 1,008 new cases, bringing the totally tally to 214,001.
Turkey's metropolitan cities Istanbul, Ankara and central Anatolian Konya are leading in the number of COVID-19 patients who are intubated or who need intensive care.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Turkey has been declining steadily since June 25, but cautioned the public not to flout measures in place to stem the spread of the virus. "Let's not forget that these decreases [in case numbers] are happening slowly, whereas increases are happening suddenly," he said.
The World Health Organization and Turkey on July 9 signed an agreement to open a WHO office in Istanbul. The WHO already has a country office in the capital Ankara. Speaking in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the WHO's new office will guide efforts to meet current needs in the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country will soon start mass production of favipiravir, a drug used in COVID-19 treatment, as the licensing process is expected to be completed in a couple of days. Koca said that the country will sell it on the international market and also use it to treat its own coronaviurus patients.