For the purpose of decreasing the risk of coronavirus infection, a scientific board from Turkey's Ministry of Health has ordered that tables in restaurants must be at least one meter apart from another, and that two meters is the preferred distance.
The Covid-19 will inevitably affect a much wider population, and Turkey’s limited testing is dramatic. Scientists, doctors unanimously urge for a radical testing procedure. In Istanbul, a city of 16 million, there are only four hospitals conducting tests. Meanwhile, states of emergency, strict restrictions and bans are anything but new in Turkey!
As the number of people who test positive for the coronavirus increases and the country records its first virus-related death, Turkey is running out testing kits. In Istanbul, only four hospitals can currently provide the tests.
Following demands from healthcare professionals due to coronavirus threat rising in Turkey, the Ministry of Health has began to prepare regulations that will limit the number of applications for emergency healthcare service and initiate an incentivized appointment-based system. Doctors warn that at the moment family health centers and their practices are not enough to respond to frustrated patients which might fuel violence against healthcare workers.
Turkey's Health Ministry has produced public service announcements (PSAs) that urge hand-washing, social distancing and other best practices to combat the deadly coronavirus. The messages were delivered by two famous actors Timuçin Esen and Taner Ölmez.
Deputies from opposition Good Party (İYİ Parti) have called for a lockdown amid a surge in numbers of coronavirus cases in Turkey. The deputies tweeted calls for Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to initiate a lockdown as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.
The"Big White Meeting" that Turkey's healthcare workers' unions were planning to hold in Ankara to protest widespread violence against healthcare workers in the country was cancelled due to the first official case of coronavirus being detected in Turkey March 10, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said March 11.
At least four universities in the mega-city Istanbul have announced they would be suspending on-campus classes for two weeks. Boğaziçi University became the first state institution to call off classes amid the coronavirus outbreak, moving up and extending their spring break.
Only 5.8 percent of Turkish citizens are taking precautions against the coronavirus outbreak that's killed more than 4,000 people worldwide since December, a poll by private Optimar Research revealed. In contrast, 76.8 percent of participants said that they were afraid of the outbreak reaching Turkey.
A passenger who arrived in Singapore on March 2 aboard a Turkish Airlines plane tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the plane to be sent back empty on March 4. The passenger was a French national and transited through Istanbul en route to Singapore from London. The crew tested negative for the virus in Singapore.
A kindergarten in the lot of Ankara's quarantine hospital was left open, putting some 120 kids between three and six at the risk of coronavirus infection. The kindergarten in the lot of Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital re-opened after the release f the Turkish citizens returning from Wuhan and remains open as the 132 Turkish citizens from Iran were quarantined in the hospital.
The Turkish civil aviation authority said on Feb. 26 all commercial flights between Turkey and Iran have been suspended amid coronavirus outbreak. Passenger-free Iranian carriers will be allowed to come to Turkey and transport only Iranian passengers back to Iran.
The Turkish Medical Association has formed a special committee to oversee preventative measures against the coronavirus outbreak that killed 12 in neighboring Iran as of Feb. 24. The association also called on the Health Ministry to inform the public and increase the stock of protective gear for medical staff at the border.
Local administrators in the southeastern province of Van have decided to install thermal scanning systems at the nearby Kapıköy Border Gate to Iran, following two coronavirus-related deaths in the neighboring country. A health room will also be set up at the border gate, personnel will receive special training and pamphlets will be available in Turkish, English and Persian.
Turkey was ranked second, following South Korea, in the use of antibiotics among OECD countries. According to data from Turkey's Health Ministry, the number of daily antibiotics used per thousand people is 31 in Turkey, while the OECD average is 18.9.