Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by 15 to 59 as the number of cases increased by 561 to 2,433, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 25. He said that 5,035 tests were carried out within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to around 33,000.
To what extent the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests produced locally in Turkey are reliable has become a major topic of curiosity following the death of retired general Aytaç Yalman. Yalman had tested negative for coronavirus only to subsequently test positive for it. According to doctor Kurt Azap, negative results also have to be confirmed for their accuracy.
More Turkish residents aged 18 to 35 are worried about losing their jobs than they are about the coronavirus, a survey conducted by private pollsters. Some 68 percent said they are worried about unemployment, while 63 percent said they are worried about the pandemic.
Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by seven to 44 as the number of cases surged to 1,872, Health Minister Koca said on March 24. Of the latest seven victims, one had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (known as COPD), while the other six were elderly patients, Koca said.
Despite Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca's statement that 500,000 locally-manufactured coronavirus test kits have been exported to the U.S., Turkish surgeon Ergin Koçyıldırım said there was not a single health institution in the country using these tests for diagnostic purposes. The surgeon said he had consulted the country's two main public health institutions responsible for protecting the nation's health regarding this issue -- the CDC and FDA.
Turkish coronavirus researcher Mustafa Ulaşlı, who was previously sacked with a statutory decree (KHK), said that not a single official person has yet contacted him to utilize his expertise on research related to potential coronavirus vaccine. Ulaşlı's comments came after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca earlier said that the ministry wants every kind of information that can be helpful in treating the virus to be shared with them.
Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus rose by seven to 37 as the number of cases surged to 1,529, Health Minister Koca said. He also said that 3,672 tests were carried out within the last 24 hours.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on March 23 said that Turkey imported a medicine from China which is believed to be effective against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He said that Turkish health personnel have already started to use it to treat coronavirus patients in intensive care units. Koca is believed to be referring to anti-viral drug Favipiravir.
Turkey's death toll from coronavirus rose from nine to twenty-one as the number of cases surged to 947, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 21. Koca said on Twitter that 2,953 tests had been conducted in the past 24 hours, 277 of which came back positive. He once again urged the elderly population to stay at home.
Turkey's death toll from coronavirus rose to nine as the number of cases surged to 670, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 20. Koca said the latest five victims were elderly patients with weak immune system. Meanwhile, President Erdoğan once again urged citizens not to leave home unless necessary and to minimize social contact.
People in Turkey stepped out on their balconies on March 19 evening to applaud healthcare workers on the front line of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Health Minister Koca called on the public to stage this collective act of solidarity three-nights in a row.
Turkey reported its second death from coronavirus late on March 18, as the number of cases in the country rose to 191. The second victim was a 61-year-old male, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca late on March 17 reported the country's first death from coronavirus. Koca also said that the number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 98, with 51 new cases confirmed.
Some 29 more people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total in Turkey to 47, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on March 16.
Turkey has expanded its travel ban to six more countries, making the total number of countries 20, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Ireland have been added to the list of banned countries, Koca said.