The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) has protested a factory run by the tuna fish company Dardanel in the province of Çanakkale after it imposed a closed-circuit working system on some of its employees after they contracted coronavirus. The workers have been forced to stay in quarantine dormitories since July 26.
Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, the group deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the fourth Turkish lawmaker whose coronavirus test came back positive. Last week, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had announced that three of its deputies tested positive for the virus, without disclosing the identities of the MPs.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.
No need to build new pandemic hospitals in Turkey if the footsteps of Germany and South Korea followed
Sinem Sönmez writes: It’s the combination of a lockdown and mass testing that is most effective in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and flattening of the curve. If Turkey follows the footsteps of Germany and South Korea by carrying out mass COVID-19 testing to isolate the carriers of this virus, there would be no need to build new hospitals to accommodate new COVID-19 patients.
Aynur Tekin reports: According to a lengthy text that has been shared on social media last week, some patients at a nursing home in Istanbul have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The nursing home denied the claims. However, the relative of a patient staying at the nursing home told Duvar that their mother was diagnosed with COVID-19, and that nearly 40 people in the facility had also tested positive.
186 workers building a prison in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir have been quarantined on its construction site, as five workers recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Although some workers handed in their resignations, they were not permitted to leave the site.