When things are bad for Istanbul, they are often worse for Beyoğlu. That has been the case at different points in the city's history, and certainly for the past decade, where the district has slowly but surely lost its glory. Modern institutions in Beyoğlu have been dropping like flies one after the other.
A survey by Istanbul Municipality (IBB) revealed that some 40 percent of students in low-income households lacked internet access in the province. Conducted among 65,924 Istanbul families that receive financial aid from the city, the survey revealed 58.5 percent of the households lacked a computer.
Istanbulites prepared for an expected strong hail on Oct. 8, covering their parked cars with household fabrics like blankets and rugs, as well as cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. The city experienced sudden hail on Sept. 29, which caught most Istanbulites off-guard.
A group of Greek Orthodox Istanbulites who live abroad slammed a video by the Presidential Communications Directorate that depicted minorities in Turkey living in comfort. The minority noted that the government hadn't taken any steps to permit their return to their ancestral hometown of Istanbul, where they were forced to leave because of political turmoil.
Some 13 Istanbul residents were fined over the weekend for disrupting traffic during celebrations for a young man going off to military service. One participant was detained by police for firing blank cartridges out of a car.
Recent data from the Istanbul Municipality revealed that one out of every seven Istanbulite applied to receive financial aid from the municipality. While some 682,697 applications were made, 10.6 percent of households in Istanbul were granted financial aid.
Online grocery store Getir said April 8 that a warehouse employee tested positive for COVID-19. Getir noted that all non-packaged goods at the warehouse were discarded, and the infected employee's coworkers were placed on paid leave for 14 days.
Istanbul’s suburban neighborhoods of Bağcılar, Esenler and Bayrampaşa have higher concentrations of coronavirus infections, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said on broadcaster Fox TV April 8, based on data revealed by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca the day before.
Eren Topuz writes: COVID-19 has resulted in a great deal of social distancing and efforts for meeting basic needs at home to the greatest extent possible. To that end, many Istanbulites have turned to baking their own bread at home. According to Istanbul Baker's Chamber, bread sales at bakeries and markets have declined by 35 percent since the outbreak reached Turkey.