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.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 28 to total 4,397 and new confirmed cases rose by 948 to bring the country’s total to 158,762, Health Ministry data showed on May 26.
There will most certainly be a second wave of the novel virus sometime after September, the Ministry of Health’s Science Committee member Dr. Alpay Azap said. However a second wave is not expected to be as high as what Turkey experienced in April because a sense of preparedness has been established in society, he added.
Trains and planes will resume operations at the end of May, and will operate at 50 percent capacity. Passengers will be required to provide a unique code, obtainable only through the Turkish Health Ministry's mobile app. While Turkish citizens aren't mandated to use the app, they will not be able to purchase travel tickets without it.
Experts have warned that the coronavirus has given the Turkish government a pretext for accelerating the mass surveillance. They are particularly critical of the Health Ministry's “Hayat Eve Sığar” mobile application which citizens have to use in order to be able to make inter-city travels.
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.
Turkey's Health Ministry warned citizens against fraudulent mobile applications and websites that pose as official systems. These applications offer citizens money and use variations of the ministry's name, Health Ministry Healthy Solutions account tweeted.
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.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 27 to total 4,249 and new confirmed cases rose by 961 to bring the country’s total to 153,548, Health Ministry data showed on May 21.
Turkey's Health Ministry will no longer quarantine travelers returning to Turkey in public dormitories, but instead track their isolation at their homes. The ministry will also evacuate travelers who are currently quarantined in public dormitories without their 14-day isolation period elapses, on the condition that they test negative for COVID-19.
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 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.
A nurse has claimed that he looked after children with cancer when he was COVID-19 positive at the Çapa Faculty of Medicine in Istanbul, saying that he went to the emergency room of the hospital two weeks ago for showing coronavirus symptoms, but was told that he didn't have high fever and was not diagnosed with the virus. "They didn't even make a test. I served child chemotherapy patients for two weeks," he told Duvar.
Some 27 medical associations released an official statement that criticize recent regulation that mandates all COVID-19 research in Turkey receive approval from the Health Ministry. The organizations noted that ethics boards are responsible for evaluating research projects. Health Ministry approval will be required for projects that have ethics board approval, and those that are still pending approval.