Turkey on April 30 confirmed 93 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 3,174. The total number of registered coronavirus cases surged to 120,204.
Turkey on April 29 confirmed 89 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 3,081. The total number of registered coronavirus cases surged to 117,589.
Some 7,428 medical staff members in Turkey have been infected with coronavirus, which corresponds to 6.5 percent out of all cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 29. Koca also said that the outbreak has reached in its peak in Turkey, but warned that a second wave of infections might arise if measures are not abided by.
Turkey on April 28 confirmed 92 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 2,992. The total number of registered coronavirus cases surged to 114,653.
The family of a deceased patient was released by police after they damaged hospital property, physically attacked health workers and threatened them. The attack came less than two weeks after a new “violence against health workers” law doubled the penalty for assaulting health staff.
Prof. Ateş Kara from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has warned against the re-acceleration of the coronavirus spread if it's not fully brought under control. Commenting on whether a normalization process is near, Kara said, "Think about this outbreak as a major fire. If you don't take the fire completely under control and extinguish it, it can grow even larger with the slightest wind. That's why we shouldn't relax."
Turkey on April 25 confirmed 106 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 2,706. The total number of registered coronavirus cases surged to 107,773.
Istanbul pharmacies are so overwhelmed with distribution of face masks that they can no longer do their routine work, said the head of the Istanbul Chamber of Pharmacists. “Our demand is that also municipalities and the offices of neighborhood heads [muhtar] also step in [for this task],” Zafer Cenap Sarıalioğlu said.
Turkish gov’t assigns citizens free masks in ‘place of residence,’ refuses distribution in other cities
Turkish citizens have been struggling to pick up their free surgical masks in pharmacies if they're not in their registered "place of residence." The Health Ministry has been indicating particular cities for citizens to pick up their free masks, but many are dislocated due to the travel bans established to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Two medical experts have said that the Health Ministry should have launched the contact tracing method “filiation” the moment the first known coronavirus infection was recorded on March 11. As a result of the ministry's slow response to the virus, Turkey does not currently “have the power to bring this epidemic under control,” Dr. Serdar Savaş said.
A public Istanbul hospital provided a 14-seat car for approximately 30 health workers for transportation during the COVID-19 curfew imposed with 2-hours notice April 10. While many of the health workers had to ride the bus standing, there should have only been seven people on the bus according to COVID-19 restrictions, Yıldız added.
A union representative and emergency room nurse was exiled by the Izmir hospital he worked at for exposing the shortage of personal protective equipment at the institution. The official reason for his reassignment was that he spoke with a media outlet "without authority."
HDP deputy Zeynel Özen said that Istanbul registered more deaths than usual at this time of year and the excess is higher than the number confirmed to have died from the coronavirus. The deputy submitted a parliamentary question regarding this issue and asked Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to clarify this discrepancy.
Some seven employees were laid off at a central Istanbul hospital amid a three-month ban on health workers’ resignations due to the increased workload during the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospital administration based their lay offs on the lack of appointments in their departments.
Turkish authorities will track if coronavirus patients self-isolating at home are abiding by the quarantine rules or not through a mobile phone application, within the framework of a newly launched project called “Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project.” The patients will be asked to return home if they break the quarantine rules, the presidency's Communications Directorate said in a statement on April 8.