With today’s and foreseeable prices, let alone potential deep sea drilling, even if you hit a gas reserve right down in your water-closet, you won’t be able to market it for the simple reason that there is no buyer. So, what’s the hustle is all about?
The Turkish Medical Association's (TTB) latest meeting about the COVID-19 pandemic noted that the spread of the virus wasn't under control in Turkey. Members noted that health workers were not being tested regularly, and were worn out. The TTB's statement came as Turkey on Aug. 14 registered 1,226 new cases of the virus, bringing the tally to 246,861.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that more than 200,000 passengers arrived in Turkey during the month of June, when Turkish Airlines recommenced international flights. The minister failed to answer a question about layoffs within the country's flagship carrier.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on June 28 that society wasn't careful enough in its fight against COVID-19. Noting that the number of new cases each day was on a slow decrease, the minister said the country wasn't fast enough in controlling the spread of the virus. Turkey
A Turkish COVID-19 Science Committee member warned of a second wave of infections if society isn't careful enough with preventative measures. The committee member noted that everyone should continue to wash their hands, social distance and wear a mask.
After months of staying at home and practicing distancing, it is inevitable that people will occasionally swing too far in the other direction—once given the opportunity. This is a wider social problem, one which no amount of “pandemic-shaming” (polarized along political lines like most things in Turkey nowadays) is going to solve.
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.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned citizens that the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic grows as they relax precautions. Minister Koca's warning comes a week after Turkey began its "normalization" process, reopening businesses and resuming public transportation operations, even observing its first weekend off curfew.
A recent study revealed June to be a premature date to start normalization efforts after Turkey returned to regular operations on June 1. The study also noted that the only way to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infections was if the population developed immunity.
In Turkey today, 2.7 million people use online dating apps like Tinder, OKcupid, and Bumble. Both of the promises and the pitfalls of online dating have become more extreme as the coronavirus affects how people approach physical and emotional intimacy. A number of recent documentaries shed light on people’s experiences searching for sex, love, and/or entertainment on these platforms.
An Istanbul-based civil rights organization warned that non-centralized relaxation of COVID-19 precautions would lead to a worsening of the pandemic in Turkey. The non-governmental organization urged a centralized and inclusive normalization to avoid fatalities and further strain on socioeconomic activity.
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.
President Erdoğan has said that the government has been working on a timeline for the country to go back to normal and this schedule will be announced to the public soon. “During yesterday's Cabinet meeting, we conducted the initial work regarding the timeline to normalize our country. After this work ripens a little more, we will also share this normalization schedule with our nation,” Erdoğan said.