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.
The entry of nine Turkish entrepreneurs into breakaway Northern Cyprus without being placed under 14-day quarantine has angered the locals. The incident also led to a crisis in the coalition government of the UBP and HP with the latter demanding that ministers responsible from the incident resign.
Send-off celebrations for young soldier in central Turkey lead to quarantine of 14 residential buildings
Some 14 residential buildings in Kırıkkale's Karakeçilli district were placed under quarantine when a visitor tested positive for COVID-19. The visitor was in the town to join celebrations held to send off a young man to compulsory military service.
There may have been changes in the relations between the underworld and politics in Turkey but nevertheless the relations between criminal chiefs and the politicians and bureaucrats can still overwhelm the political agenda. As politics is criminalized, mafia is further politicized.
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 anonymous resident of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir infected 13 people during an Eid al-Fitr visit to their family members. The individual’s visit violated the nationwide lockdown implemented in an attempt to prevent gatherings during the holiday.
The neighborhood head (muhtar) of the eastern village of İçmeler blocked off the entrance, and hung up a banner that reads "Entrances to the village are banned because of corona!" The muhtar also takes visitors' temperatures and only allows residents to enter.
A woman known as a ‘healer’ in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus, and subsequently spread it during her healing rituals. This resulted in a quarantine of those who visited her neighborhood. The Kayseri Medical Chamber issued a statement warning residents to avoid the so-called “healer.”
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.
Nilipek is an Istanbul-based singer and songwriter whose latest album Mektuplar (Letters) perfectly captures the emotional atmosphere of the quarantine days. Trapped between four walls, one is left alone with one’s own thoughts and memories.
Some 209 Turkish citizens were evacuated from the Maldives, after which they were placed under quarantine in public dormitories in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir. The Family and Social Policies Ministry noted they would provide counseling to the citizens who will remain quarantined for two weeks.
Male violence is rising. Unfortunately, in quarantine days, the fight against violence has been made much more ineffective than before. It is not at all difficult, after all, to imagine the problems created by a perpetrator and a victim of violence staying in the same house.
Some 12,912 persons are held under quarantine in 87 different dormitories around Turkey, Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoğlu said April 14. Meanwhile, some 60 individuals were released from quarantine in Bursa.
Turkish experts warn that the spread of the coronavirus outbreak could peak mid-April, leading to the government to increase precautions against the virus. Imperial College London had predicted on April 7 that Turkey would be among the countries where the spread of the virus will be the most rapid.
AKP deputy Recep Özel wrote on Twitter that 245 of 268 coronavirus patients in Turkey's western province of Isparta were pilgrims who were placed in the province's student dormitories as part of quarantine measures. Just minutes later, Özel deleted his tweets.