84 percent of Turkish citizens expect a second wave of the novel coronavirus epidemic, based on the results of a survey conducted from June 29-July 2 among more than 2,000 people in all of the country’s 81 provinces. 90 percent of people surveyed indicated that the virus had negatively impacted Turkey's economy.
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.
The Ankara Governor's Office said that businesses were only allowed to play music "to be listened to," and not "to be danced to." Meanwhile, the governor's office extended the closure of entertainment venues.
The governor's office of the northern province of Düzce removed a ban on alcohol sales in restaurants that it placed under the guise of COVID-19 prevention measures following criticism. The decision came after a meeting with local labor representatives who had publicly slammed the ban.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Berlin was considering lifting travel bans to Turkey if the course of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't worsen and sufficient preventative measures are implemented. The decision will also depend on the preventative measures in beaches and hotels, as Germany is among Turkey's top tourist importer.
Turkey's Health Ministry released a detailed set of guidelines on COVID-19 prevention measures for businesses in 11 industries. The guidelines mandated varying sizes of individual space, limitations about the number of customers allowed into stores and hygiene measures.
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.
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.
Özlem Akarsu Çelik reports: The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey will grow and the country needs to create a system to combat it, said Prof. Murat Akova, a professor of infectious diseases at Hacettepe University. "It’s too late to enforce widespread testing in Turkey. We need to prevent human-to-human contact if we want to break the cycle," Akova told.
Turkey's Ankara Municipality has increased cleaning measures in for public transportation hubs and vehicles amid the coronavirus outbreak that's killed 15 people in the neighboring state of Iran. Routine leaning operations for the busy hubs and vehicles will include disinfection from now, municipal health director Seyfettin Aslan said.