A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has tested positive positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) days after attending Friday prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia. Akay is the third AKP deputy to announce that he was diagnosed with coronavirus after attending the prayers.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
A party on the Istanbul Bosphorus was raided by police and 49 partygoers were fined a total of 154,350 Turkish Liras (over $20,000). The owners of the boat were detained for legal action.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned against a rising number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care on July 5. The number of patients in intensive care spiked by 34 on July 5, reaching 1,127.
Turkey's top religious authority banned hand contact during bargaining for animals on sale as sacrifices during Eid al-Adha.
Turkey's first mass event after the COVID-19 pandemic brought together 50 ambassadors and their families, press and businessmen together in Mediterranean Antalya's Aspendos Theater. The concert was performed by Turkey's seven tenors, accompanied by the Antalya Opera and Ballet's orchestra.
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.
After months of staying at home and practicing distancing, it is inevitable that people will occasionally swing too far in the other direction—once given the opportunity. This is a wider social problem, one which no amount of “pandemic-shaming” (polarized along political lines like most things in Turkey nowadays) is going to solve.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) saved a seat for deputy Enis Berberoğlu, who was recently stripped of his title. A sheet that said Enis Kadri Berberoğlu, a pair of glasses and a pen, along with a copy of the Constitution lay at an empty seat during the CHP group meeting, held under social distancing measures.
A cafe in the northeastern province of Artvin is enforcing social distancing guidelines with mannequins, placing a couple at every other table. As the mannequins occupy half the tables, customers are forced to stay at a safe distance from others.
The initiative of an industrialists' union in Turkey to hang electronic tracking devices from the necks of workers received harsh criticism from labor unions. The Platform of Istanbul Labor Union called the measure “downright slavery”.
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.
Turkey's Mediterranean vacation destination Antalya has started preparations for the arrival of tourists, expected around the end of May. The municipality has distanced lounge chairs and umbrellas from each other, and banned squatting in an attempt to ensure safe distances between visitors.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.
Turkish Health Minister warns on first day of reopening: Being too close will bring an early separation
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca criticized consumers for flocking to shopping malls on the first day they would open after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures. While pointing to the lack of social distancing in a photograph that showed a queue outside one shopping mall Koca warned that "being too close will bring an early separation".