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Turkey's Health Ministry has for the first time given a breakdown of the region, age and gender of patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19. The ministry said in its report that Istanbul has registered over half of the cases, with 108,749 patients during the period of March 11 - June 28. The report came as Turkey registered 1,186 new infections and 17 new fatalities on July 2.
Istanbul accounts for nearly 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 1. The age group with the highest number of cases recorded nationwide is 25 to 45 years, Koca also said. The minister's comments came as Turkey identified more than 200,000 coronavirus cases with 1,192 new cases diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.
Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has once again said that society is not careful enough in complying with the coronavirus measures, giving the example of crowded send-off celebrations held for newly recruited soldiers. “Who would want their friend to start their national service having been diagnosed positive [for COVID-19]?” Koca wrote on Twitter, as Turkey registered 16 new deaths and 1,293 new infections from the virus on June 30.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that society is failing in fully abiding by the measures taken to contain the spread of the novel coroavirus. "We are not determined enough in decreasing the case numbers and not careful enough in the measures," Koca wrote on Twitter, as Turkey registered 18 new deaths and 1,374 new infections from the virus.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on June 28 that society wasn't careful enough in its fight against COVID-19. Noting that the number of new cases each day was on a slow decrease, the minister said the country wasn't fast enough in controlling the spread of the virus. Turkey
Turkey's death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 5,065, as it reported 19 new fatalities, Health Ministry data showed on June 26. According to test results, the total number of COVID-19 cases nationwide reached 194,511 with 1,396 new infections.
Turkey’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,458 new cases on June 25, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. "The number of new cases shows that precautions are decreasing. The number of cases in the world is on the rise. Let's give some good news from Turkey," Koca said.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin has said that the Coronavirus Science Committee currently has no plans to suggest nationwide restrictions to contain the virus, as the country registered 1,492 new infections. Amid a recent spike in infection figures, the minister also said that the country is not currently experiencing the second wave of the virus.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 as the country registered 1,268 new cases on June 23. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by measures, saying: “For a more normal life, we must bring down the number of cases by abiding by the measures.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 24 as the country registered 1,212 new cases on June 22. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by measures, saying: "We must bring down the number of cases through the measures we take."
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 23 as the country registered 1,214 new cases on June 19. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the country's biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, registered their lowest number of daily virus cases in the past week.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,304 new cases on June 18. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by the measures, saying: "The negligence of one person concerns all of us."
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the Coronavirus Science Committee has not discussed the possibility of the resumption of curfews amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 cases. "In the upcoming period, we are not thinking of a situation like a curfew. This did not come up at the Coronavirus Science Committee,” he said.
Turkey on June 16 confirmed 1,467 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total tally to 181,298. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that "some regions and group behaviors" were responsible from the recent rise in infection figures.
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Turkey's Constitutional Court on Sept. 29 postponed its decision to review Osman Kavala's appeal with regards to his ongoing arrest, citing the impending indictment against the philanthropist. Just a couple of hours after the Constitutional Court's statement, Istanbul prosecutors submitted the new indictment against Kavala to the relevant court, concerning “espionage” charges.
Istanbul prosecutors have dismissed a case against CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu, who was being sued by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aide Fahrettin Altun in a dispute concerning an illegal construction undertaken in Istanbul's Üsküdar district.
Murat Gezenler, the head of a Salafi association, has said that the number of Salafis in Turkey is much higher than what is stated in the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) reports. Gezenler also said that one of the differences between his association and ISIS is that the latter accepts Turks as Muslims, whereas they don't.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Group Deputy Chair Saruhan Oluç said that the government was trying to create "a Turkey without the HDP" with its mass detentions. Dozens of HDP members were detained last week in relation to the 2014 Kobane protests.
Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes in reintroduction of death penalty for certain crimes, a proposal suggested by far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli earlier in September. "I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and women,” Şentop said on Sept. 29.
Turkish state and university hospitals are offering to repay debts totalling some 19 billion lira ($2.43 billion) to drugmakers and medical equipment firms, but with a discount, Reuters reported on Sept. 29.
Turkey's Human Rights Association revealed that 20 inmates died in prison in Turkey during the first nine months of 2020. Data also showed that there are currently 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkey, 604 of which are seriously ill.
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has said that he doesn't care about exchange rates and that he doesn't follow them, as the Turkish Lira plumbed to new lows on Sept. 29. Albayrak's comments came after he unveiled the country's new economic program for 2021-2023 based on themes of "new stabilization, new normal, and the new economy." The minister said the Turkish economy is projected to grow 0.3 percent this year.
A man who stabbed and killed his neighbor's dog and injured two others was released by an Istanbul court. Due to a lack of legal protection for animal rights in Turkey, the attacker Faruk Ö. was charged with property damage.
The downfall of cruise tourism has benefited Turkey's ship recyclers as multi-million-dollar ships are scrapped at the Aegean Izmir facility. The recyclers expect almost one million tonnes of scraps this year.
Students in the eastern province of Kars asked the government for help in a video where they're seen doing classwork on a barren hill, the only spot where they can access the internet. Former main opposition deputy Barış Yarkadaş noted that remote education wasn't as effective as the government made it seem.
The publisher and editor-in-chief of a local daily were arrested on slander charges in the western province of Koceali two days after running a story about a “rape gang” in the district. While the story accused local officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of assaulting a minor, the prosecutor’s office ruled the suspects mentioned “were not involved” in the incident.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Turkey surpassed 8,000 as 65 patients died on Sept. 28, Health Ministry data revealed. Meanwhile, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca noted that the number of recovered patients was higher than the number of new diagnoses for the first time in a while.
The Kars governor's office announced on Sept. 28 that it banned all “demonstrations and activities” for a period of 15 days until Oct. 12. The ban came into effect just hours before HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan's planned rally in the province, in support of Kars mayor Ayhan Bilgen who was among those taken into custody in simultaneous police raids last week.
A group led by forensic science expert and human rights defender Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı won the elections for the leadership of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB). Fincancı is now expected to be elected the leader of the association in the upcoming meeting.
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A jaw dropping 95 percent of a fund established to develop Turkey's internet infrastructure has disappeared, a main opposition deputy said. Some 1.5 billion liras were collected for the fund in 2019, but 1.4 billion of that has vanished, Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Murat Emir said.
Turkey's Central Bank unexpectedly hiked interest rates on Sept. 24, triggering an improvement in the lira's value against the dollar. The Turkish Lira has sunk to record lows over the past month as Ankara's currency interventions proved futile.
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CHP deputy Mustafa Adıgüzel has found a lost letter penned by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey's founding father, to a U.S. child called Curtis La France. "My advice to the intelligent and hardworking children of the U.S. is to not perceive everything they hear about Turks as true and attach importance to basing their opinions on scientific and sound examinations. I wish you success and happiness," Atatürk said in the letter.
The 39th Istanbul Film Festival will offer viewings both online and in-person, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) noted. While tickets will become available on Oct. 2, showings will start a week later and last for 10 days.
Istanbulites will select the new face of Taksim Square from among three projects as part of the Istanbul Municipality's plans to renovate the area. Şerif Süveydan, Bünyamin Derman and Kutlu İnanç Bal were the winners in the contest that was held by Istanbul Planning Agency and Istanbul Municipality's Department of Cultural Assets.
The Odunpazarı Modern Museum in western Eskişehir won the award for "international project of the year over £1m" at the London Museums+Heritage Awards. The museum opened its doors just over a year ago in the city's ancient Odunpazarı neighborhood.
The 48th Istanbul Music Festival will be held online, streaming pre-recorded performances in historical venues. Starting on Sept. 18, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will make available the performances that honor composer Ludwig van Beethoven.