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.
A group of seniors in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood protested the ongoing curfew on their age group. On a Sunday when they were allowed outside, the seniors asked the curfew to be lifted on citizens over 65 who have dutifully stayed home for months to avoid spreading COVID-19.
The village of Şirince, known for the prediction that it would survive the 2012 Mayan apocalypse, has been struggling with COVID-19 as the pandemic essentially shut down almost all local businesses.
Western Turkey's top vacation destination Bodrum will be welcoming visitors again, the mayor said, after two months of discouraging visitors from coming to the coastal town. Mayor Ahmet Aras noted that at the moment Bodrum hospitals are at low occupancy, and that critical care units in the area are nearly empty.
Sinem Sönmez writes: A minimum set of conditions must be satisfied before the Turkish economy can be reopened. There must be mass testing capability to identify both those who still have an active infection and those who have evidence of prior infection. There needs to be an unrestricted availability to perform both types of tests, ideally through local health care centers and state hospitals.
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.
Özlem Akarsu Çelik reports: The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey will grow and the country needs to create a system to combat it, said Prof. Murat Akova, a professor of infectious diseases at Hacettepe University. "It’s too late to enforce widespread testing in Turkey. We need to prevent human-to-human contact if we want to break the cycle," Akova told.