Following an ID check neighborhood watchmen beat two brothers working on a construction site in the Istanbul district of Bağcılar. The brothers were later sentenced to eight months in prison after the watchmen filed criminal complaints against them. The number of watchmen in Turkey doubled from 11,398 in 2018 to 21,319 as of March of this year by the ruling AKP government.
One fifth of Turkey's population is considered "obese" and the average weight of the population is at 73.5 kilograms (162 lbs), a main opposition deputy said in a report. The government's failure to offer preventative health services to the population led to a spike in obesity numbers, according to the report.
A court failed to arrest a man accused of molesting his children after the third hearing of the case against him. A prosecutor had previously failed to convict him because of an ongoing divorce case with the children's mother.
Turkey's first communist mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu tested positive for COVID-19, urging all district mayors in the city to self-isolate at home. The mayor of the eastern town of Dersim, Maçoğlu had tested positive on June 22 and was admitted to the local state hospital.
Turkish security forces have reportedly killed a 20-year-old man for smuggling cigarettes in the southeastern province of Van. "Is death the punishment for buying two cartons of smuggled cigarettes from the border?” Görür's cousin Engin Görür told Duvar.
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.
A genomics expert warned that Turkey faces a ticking bomb as it gradually relaxes its COVID-19 precautions. The expert noted that if the curfew on seniors isn't lifted carefully, a second wave of infections could emerge. “If these groups go outside, there won’t be a wave, there will be a tsunami," he told.
President Erdoğan in his last “address to the nation” which was duly broadcast via all available means defiantly stated that “our country will eradicate all (its’) media and politics viruses.”
Hacı Bişkin reports: The coronavirus pandemic has further complicated the lives of sick prisoners in Turkey as the prison administrations made it obligatory to sign a form of consent for an isolation of 14 days upon their return from hospital treatment. Family members and lawyers of sick prisoners are calling on members of parliament for help.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has blasted the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's decision to build one of its two recently-announced pandemic hospitals on the site of Istanbul’s Atatürk airport, alleging that the damage caused to the runways amounts to $2 billion. “Two long runways have been broken, and thus have been brought to a state in which they can no longer be used," said CHP Istanbul deputy Özgür Karabat.
In a memorandum that was sent to all of Turkey's 81 provinces, the Ministry of Health has suspended non-emergency surgeries and has requested that those coming to Turkey from a number of countries for the purpose of health tourism postpone their visits.
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.
Gökçe Başbuğ writes: That the coronavirus first became an epidemic in East Asia gave other countries time to prepare. However, it is clear that this time was not used wisely. Unfortunately, while travel bans and city quarantines were imposed, aggressive testing methods were not developed, and the public was not informed in a transparent manner. Fortunately, it is still possible for countries like Turkey that are at the beginning of this process to learn lessons from South Korea's experience and take steps accordingly.
Teyit, an independent fact-checking organization, has debunked a news report claiming that a man in Turkey's Yozgat province has been hospitalized after consuming liquid soap in an attempt to "protect himself against coronavirus." Health officials have told Teyit that no such patient had ever visited the Yozgat City Hospital.
Respiratory masks have become a street commodity in Turkey's southeastern province of Van, neighboring Iran where coronavirus has killed 15. Street vendors sell the masks at 10 times their original price, asking for 10 Turkish Liras for masks that used to be sold for 1TL, 20 TL for masks originally sold for 2 TL or 3 TL.