Sharing a meal with others at a table isn't safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey's Coronavirus Science Committee member Prof. Tevfik Özlü said. Noting that everyone takes off their masks to eat, the professor said it was an "ideal situation" for the virus to spread.
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.
A member of Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee said that large wedding organizations will be allowed as of July 11. Noting that date might change based on the course of the pandemic, the committee member said organizations with at most 50 people will be allowed around June 8.
There will most certainly be a second wave of the novel virus sometime after September, the Ministry of Health’s Science Committee member Dr. Alpay Azap said. However a second wave is not expected to be as high as what Turkey experienced in April because a sense of preparedness has been established in society, he added.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from the main opposition CHP is more successful in managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a poll carried out by Metropoll which aimed to reveal people's perceptions on governance during the pandemic. Yavaş ranked third in the list, surpassing Erdoğan, who came in fourth.
Prof. Tevfik Özlü from the Health Ministry's Science Committee has said that Turkey can return to normal in three months if measures implemented against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to be abided by. "We can see that the outbreak is waning in not only Turkey, but in the world. We are heading towards a period that's appropriate for discussing normalization. Life needs to return to normal and we can't normalize by sitting at home," Özlü said.
Prof. Ateş Kara from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has warned against the re-acceleration of the coronavirus spread if it's not fully brought under control. Commenting on whether a normalization process is near, Kara said, "Think about this outbreak as a major fire. If you don't take the fire completely under control and extinguish it, it can grow even larger with the slightest wind. That's why we shouldn't relax."
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.
Turkey did not use the rapid coronavirus kits procured from China after tests suggested they had a low accuracy level, Prof. Dr. Ateş Kara, a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Science Committee, said on March 26. A day later, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed that a batch of kits shipped from China was not used, but said that these unreliable kits were different than the recently purchased 350,000 kits.