In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
The Turkish government needs to take independent scientific advice into account if it really wants to gain total control of the pandemic. Attempting to suppress critics, the media and scientific advice is not the solution.
Turkey's top medical association has warned that for the coronavirus infection rate to be deemed under control, R0 has to be held below 1. The association's comments came after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on May 13 that the reproduction rate for the epidemic in Turkey is 1.56, insisting that the outbreak is “now under control.”
The latest official figures from Turkey's Ministry of Health indicate that as of May 3, the number of cases of the novel coronavirus has reached 126,045.However, according to the Turkish Medial Association (TTB) the number actually exceeds 600,000.
Two medical experts have said that the Health Ministry should have launched the contact tracing method “filiation” the moment the first known coronavirus infection was recorded on March 11. As a result of the ministry's slow response to the virus, Turkey does not currently “have the power to bring this epidemic under control,” Dr. Serdar Savaş said.