A massive Turkish wedding in Berlin gathered over a thousand people in a room, 70 of whom tested positive for COVID-19, Hürriyet reported on Oct. 13. "There were at least 1,000 people in the room. Nobody followed rules at all. Not only did they not wear masks, but hygiene rules weren't followed either," said an infected guest identified as R.Y.
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix in Formula 1 will take place without an audience, the governor's office said on Oct. 5. Turkey will host a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 on Nov. 15.
Turkey's western province of Sakarya has "fined" any violators of COVID-19 precautions with the mandatory reading of "at least 10 books," the governor said. Law enforcement also fined each violator 900 liras and mandated a three-day quarantine.
A woman wore a plastic bag over her outfit to hug the newlyweds at a northern Turkey wedding. The woman, 56, and her husband, 58, both have chronic illnesses, but really care for the couple and wanted to hug, she said.
Death fasting lawyer Aytaç Ünsal called on the people to not let the doctors force feed him and another death fasting lawyer, Ebru Timtik. In a message he sent via his wife, Ünsal said that the doctors will "circle around them like vultures" and intervene medically without their consent if they lose their consciousness.
Istanbulites let go of COVID-19 precautions on the weekend as temperatures rose. Locals filled up the Caddebostan Beach and were seen without masks.
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.
Hacı Bişkin reports: Istanbul's Silivri prison, which houses 23,000 inmates, has the highest number of prisoners who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus of any penal institution in Turkey. According to the testimony of one prisoner, 39 prisoners with the virus are being held in the same dormitory-style ward.
Half of all fines issued nationwide for violating COVID-19 measures were located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the governor said May 14. The Gaziantep Governor's Office said that some 144.3 million liras' worth of fines were issued in the city since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry and Health Ministry urged citizens to not relax their attention to COVID-19 precautionary measures. The message came after the government partially lifted curfews and reopened malls, barber shops and hair salons.
President Erdoğan has said that Turkey will curb the speed of the coronavirus' spread in two to three weeks with good measures, or else it will become "inevitable" for the country to face "more severe consequences and accordingly more severe measures."
Turkey's Interior Ministry issued a notice early on March 24 saying all grocery stores will limit how many customers are allowed in the store premises at the same time, while all buses will be allowed to carry only half their capacity.
Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar ("Kapalı Çarşı" in Turkish), one of the world’s oldest covered markets, has been temporarily closed amid coronavirus precautions.
Starting early on March 17, Turkey is closing all cafes, cinemas, theaters, restaurants, gyms and other venues, the Interior Ministry said. All gatherings and activities by non-governmental organizations will be also postponed.