Ten coronavirus cases have emerged from TV and film sets in Turkey within a month as many sets are not following precautions established to combat the pandemic, according to the Cinema Workers Union (Sine-Sen).
Deaths that result from air pollution are six times more common than deaths in traffic accidents in Turkey, data from the Clear Air Rights Platform revealed. 31,476 people died last year as a result of conditions and illnesses brought on by exposure to air pollution.
Death fasting lawyer Aytaç Ünsal called on the people to not let the doctors force feed him and another death fasting lawyer, Ebru Timtik. In a message he sent via his wife, Ünsal said that the doctors will "circle around them like vultures" and intervene medically without their consent if they lose their consciousness.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) has called for the release of Eylem Oyunlu, who is currently behind bars in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on charges of 'assisting a terror organization' with her two young children. Oyunlu's 3-week-old baby is suffering from a blocked tear duct and the two-year-old has chronic bronchitis.
An environmentalist group in the southeastern province of Mardin is concerned that a planned wind energy plant will harm historic Rabat Castle in the area. The Mardin Ecological Association has demanded that the Dicleres Wind Energy Plant project be cancelled.
Vural Özdemir writes: Both scientists and journalists seek the truth. But the truth is caught between a rock and a hard place with COVID-19. We are facing, on the one hand, an anti-science movement and, on the other hand, scientific essentialism that omits the role of power politics and human values in the making of truth. As an antidote, we need a new narrative on evidence frameworks in journalism that expands on the classic 5W + 1H.
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."
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.
Turkey is better off than many other countries in terms of handling the current coronavirus crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. “Thank God, we are at a better position compared to many countries, but we do not see this as sufficient. The biggest threat that disrupts the struggle [against coronavirus] is pessimism,” he said.
Turkey's medical staff sacked with statutory decrees (KHK) have said that they want to help the country fight the novel coronavirus, even if that means putting their own lives at risk. Leaders of opposition parties have also demanded that the government reinstate the sacked medical staff back to their jobs.
The International Press Institute called on governments around the world to ensure the freedom of the press in their respective countries amid the coronavirus outbreak. The IPI urged governments to allow reporters access to information and officials, ensure that press freedom is not limited under the guise of health precautions, and provide reporters with access to protective gear.
The president of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), Sinan Adıyaman, has said that the association has been receiving unconfirmed information that the number of coronavirus patients in Turkey is much higher than 18. He also called on the Heath Ministry to increase the number of health centers performing coronavirus tests.
A deputy from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has criticized the limited number of coronavirus test kits found in Turkish health centers and asked in a parliamentary question why the Health Ministry does not distribute these test kits to family health centers.
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.