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The death of a COVID-19 patient in northern Çorum was recorded as caused by an infectious disease, which is a regular death. The 82-year-old man had been receiving COVID-19 treatment for 20 days. "We were shocked to see the death certificate. They still said we had to wear masks and gloves to pick up his body," the deceased man's son said.
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
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
Business owners shut down voluntarily in southeastern Turkey district where COVID-19 cases on the rise
Business owners in the southeastern Turkey district of Cizre voluntarily shut down their stores in an attempt to curb the recent increase in the area's new COVID-19 cases. The increase in the number of new diagnoses comes during Turkey's normalization process, which started on June 1.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on June 4 after public backlash. In a series of tweets, Erdoğan said on June 5 the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new COVID-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000.
Nergis Demirkaya reports: According to Tevfiz Özlü from the Health Ministry's Science Committee, there is reason to be optimistic in Turkey for soon reaching a threshold when we could see a decline in number of the coronavirus cases. A scientific committee from the main opposition CHP came up with similar evaluations noting that the plateau of cases and deaths could start on April 27.
The Covid-19 will inevitably affect a much wider population, and Turkey’s limited testing is dramatic. Scientists, doctors unanimously urge for a radical testing procedure. In Istanbul, a city of 16 million, there are only four hospitals conducting tests. Meanwhile, states of emergency, strict restrictions and bans are anything but new in Turkey!