Since the failed July 2016 coup attempt, around 150,000 people in Turkey have been suspended or booted from their positions in the state apparatus. A recent report based on several thousand people, who have been dismissed from their jobs via government degree, highlights the mass economic misery and social isolation they have experienced.
A group of seniors in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood protested the ongoing curfew on their age group. On a Sunday when they were allowed outside, the seniors asked the curfew to be lifted on citizens over 65 who have dutifully stayed home for months to avoid spreading COVID-19.
Turkish consumers have been preferring beans and grains while self-isolating to slow the spread of COVID-19. While both foods are non-perishable, they are also high in protein, the staple of an immune-boosting diet to protect agains the virus. The Agriculture Ministry will be increasing production of lentils and white beans, two consumer favorites.
State-run Turkish bank’s decision to provide cash loans led to massive lines raising the risk of virus spread
Second largest state-run Turkish bank Halkbank's decision to provide shopkeepers with 25,000 TL in cash loans as a part of the struggle against the economic blowback of coronavirus has resulted in massive lines in front of the bank's branches. As long as the application process for these loans continue, both customers and bank personnel are at great risk of contracting coronavirus, economic consultant Meriç Dıraz warns.
The last time President Erdoğan, who is 66 years-old, physically took part in a meeting was a week ago. Nobody asks whether the President and his close circle have been tested for coronavirus. And of course, no one dares to ask what happens if he gets sick, and what the Turkish Presidential System would bring.