A jeweler in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş embroidered masks with gold. A local professional chamber chair said that they thought a regular mask created a visual disaccord in a wedding.
Turkey will be lifting a 20-percent customs tax on melt blown fabrics used for mask production. An executive order also removed customs taxes on 125 other intermediate products that aren't produced domestically.
Turkey's top religious authority banned hand contact during bargaining for animals on sale as sacrifices during Eid al-Adha.
An Istanbul corn vendor puts a mask on his pet goat whenever they go outside to raise awareness about COVID-19. He said that most people congratulate him and that a police officer even told him he was proud of him.
The provincial health boards in 10 Turkish cities mandated that citizens wear masks if they want to go outside. Meanwhile, three other provinces mandated masks in crowded public places.
Police officers in the resort town of Kuşadası on Turkey's Aegean coast have detained a man for not wearing a face mask, despite themselves not putting on one. Citizens who surrounded the police to observe the incident were also seen not abiding by the social distancing measures.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.
Turkey's pharmacies will no longer distribute free masks to public servants or to anyone insured by social security, as governor's offices will be taking over the task. The regulation comes in an attempt to alleviate the workload of pharmacists who have distributed nearly 100,000,000 masks during the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey.
A member of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) warned that misinformation about the use of surgical masks could create increased risk of spreading COVID-19. Prof. Dr. Özlem Kurt Azap noted that surgical masks should not be used more than once, can not be disinfected and should be disposed of properly.
Turkish gov’t assigns citizens free masks in ‘place of residence,’ refuses distribution in other cities
Turkish citizens have been struggling to pick up their free surgical masks in pharmacies if they're not in their registered "place of residence." The Health Ministry has been indicating particular cities for citizens to pick up their free masks, but many are dislocated due to the travel bans established to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Turkey's Health Ministry is too slow to distribute surgical masks, leaving citizens desperate as the protective equipment is mandatory in public spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak, the head of the Turkish Pharmacists' Association said. People have even tried to grab masks off pharmacists' faces because they need them," Erdoğan Çolak added.
Turkish Pharmacists Association urges citizens to wait for Health Ministry text to claim surgical masks
The Turkish Pharmacists’ Association (TEB) urged citizens to avoid trying to pick up their free surgical masks at the pharmacy before receiving a text from the Health Ministry. Citizens will need a unique code they will receive from the Health Ministry to pick up their free masks, TEB Chair Erdoğan Çolak noted.
The reflections of a hospital security guard: If I am lucky to find a mask I have to use it for 12 hours
Pınar Öğünç writes: Security guards, particularly those who work at hospitals, face a great risk of contracting coronavirus as they are the first people that encounter the patients. A man in his 30's who has worked for nearly a decade as a security guard in a state hospital in Istanbul tells that if he is fortunate to find a mask he has to use it for 12 hours. "There is so much anxiety but the empire of fear won't allow you to raise your voice," he says.
The Turkish Post (PTT) website crashed April 5 following an overwhelming number of applications for free surgical masks, which became mandatory in public places April 3. Applications for the free service will be taken on the government’s online services website, PTT noted after the online application site crashed.
Turkey has taken a series of new measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the death toll hit 425. The country has imposed a curfew for citizens younger than 20 years of age and has made mask-wearing in public areas compulsory.