Turkey's Health Ministry extended the legally required time for pregnancy leave by two months. "Everything else must stop if there's a baby to be welcomed to the world, or everything else should be done by someone else," Minister Koca said in his announcement.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 34 total 4,431 and new confirmed cases rose by 1,035 to bring the country’s total to 159,797, Health Ministry data showed on May 27.
Despite halts in trials issued by the World Health Organization for the drug hydroxychloroquine over concerns about its safety resulting in France ceasing to use it as a treatment for COVID-19, it is still being used in Turkey as of May 27. The Turkish Medical Association issued a public warning on Wednesday saying that the drug might cause arrhythmia.
The number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients in Turkey had increased for two days as of May 24, a spike that comes nearly two weeks after the re-opening of malls, hairdressers and small businesses on May 11. The number of patients who died from the virus have also increased with 32 fatalities on May 24, five more persons than the death toll of May 22.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 to total 4,276 and new confirmed cases rose by 952 to bring the country’s total to 154,500, Health Ministry data showed on May 22.
Several Turkish healthcare workers have protested the Health Ministry for providing only certain medical staff with temporary supplementary payments during the coronavirus epidemic. They said that the healthcare system functions as a whole with the cooperation of all staff and such a discriminatory policy has not only damaged the solidarity ties, but also worsened the already existing wage inequality in the sector.
This year, the May 19 celebrations in Turkey were held within homes due to the coronavirus lockdown. Nationalist and neo-nationalist accounts called for a united celebration at exactly 19:19 in the evening. Even Atatürk as a symbol seems to have been partially adopted by the AKP regime in order to create total control over the public.
For the first time since April, the number of new coronavirus cases in Turkey fell below 1,000, as the nation considers a further cautious easing of restrictions on public life. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on May 20 that Turkey does not risk a second wave of infections from the virus at the moment and reproduction rate for pandemic, which is known as R0, fell to 0.72.
Turkey’s senior citizens will be allowed to travel to their hometowns starting on May 21, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, with the Interior Ministry announcing its conditions. The Interior Ministry, in its notice sent to 81 provinces, said that the senior citizens will be able to go wherever they want on condition of staying there for at least 30 days. Medical records of the senior citizens and their companions will be sought before handing permits.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 28 to total 4,199 and new confirmed cases rose by 1,022 to bring the country’s total to 151,615, Health Ministry data showed on May 19.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 31 to total 4,171 and new confirmed cases rose by 1,158 to bring the country’s total to 150,593, Health Ministry data showed on May 18.
Istanbul's Medipol University, which is owned by Turkey's Health Minister, has come under fire for requesting video footage of students' home study rooms while they are taking final exams. Following the mounting reactions from students, the university announced that the finals scheduled for May would be postponed to June. However, the announcement did not specify whether or not the students would be monitored.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 48 to total 4,055 and new confirmed cases rose by 1,708 to bring the country’s total to 146,457, Health Ministry data showed on May 15.
Turkey's top medical association has warned that for the coronavirus infection rate to be deemed under control, R0 has to be held below 1. The association's comments came after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on May 13 that the reproduction rate for the epidemic in Turkey is 1.56, insisting that the outbreak is “now under control.”
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that approximately 70 percent of people who contracted the novel coronavirus in Turkey have recovered. The total number of recoveries is at 98,889, Koca said on May 12.