Izmir-born Fancy Women’s Bike Ride moves online this year, but continues to advocate clean transport and “women’s natural right to cycle and do whatever she pleases.”
Expert warns wrong use of masks could lead to second wave of COVID-19 infections in Turkey in only weeks
A Turkish professor noted that the faulty use of masks could lead to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Noting that many people fail to cover their nose and mouth with their mask, the doctor said that a potential second wave could arrive in the second half of June.
The provincial health boards in 10 Turkish cities mandated that citizens wear masks if they want to go outside. Meanwhile, three other provinces mandated masks in crowded public places.
Turkey's quality control authority released a memo outlining criteria for non-medical masks, which were modeled after the Republic of South Africa. The memo noted that both woven and non-woven fabrics could be used, and offered measurements for three different sized masks.
Turkey has started animal trials for a COVID-19 vaccine prototype, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said. Two other vaccine studies have qualified for animal trials, the minister added.
Surgical masks will now be mandatory on Istanbul's central Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue that leads to it, and a three-meters distance will be required between pedestrians. The district governor's office also said that the violation of both measures will be penalized by monetary fines.
Turkey's Trade Ministry announced a price ceiling of one Turkish Lira for surgical masks for when sale of the commodity begins after monthlong government efforts to distribute it for free. The price ceiling will be in effect starting May 8, when the goods will be on sale in Istanbul.
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.
Turkish gov’t backtracks on distribution of free surgical masks after one month of inconsistent policies
After one month of distributing free surgical masks and an embargo on mask sales, Turkish government has announced that the sale of the protective equipment would be allowed again. The decision comes after a month of inconsistent policies on whether surgical masks would be distributed for free, how they would be delivered to citizens, and issues that emerged in every method that was implemented.
Turkey's pharmacies will no longer distribute free masks to public servants or to anyone insured by social security, as governor's offices will be taking over the task. The regulation comes in an attempt to alleviate the workload of pharmacists who have distributed nearly 100,000,000 masks during the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey.
A member of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) warned that misinformation about the use of surgical masks could create increased risk of spreading COVID-19. Prof. Dr. Özlem Kurt Azap noted that surgical masks should not be used more than once, can not be disinfected and should be disposed of properly.
Turkish gov’t assigns citizens free masks in ‘place of residence,’ refuses distribution in other cities
Turkish citizens have been struggling to pick up their free surgical masks in pharmacies if they're not in their registered "place of residence." The Health Ministry has been indicating particular cities for citizens to pick up their free masks, but many are dislocated due to the travel bans established to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Turkey's Health Ministry is too slow to distribute surgical masks, leaving citizens desperate as the protective equipment is mandatory in public spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak, the head of the Turkish Pharmacists' Association said. People have even tried to grab masks off pharmacists' faces because they need them," Erdoğan Çolak added.
Turkish Pharmacists Association urges citizens to wait for Health Ministry text to claim surgical masks
The Turkish Pharmacists’ Association (TEB) urged citizens to avoid trying to pick up their free surgical masks at the pharmacy before receiving a text from the Health Ministry. Citizens will need a unique code they will receive from the Health Ministry to pick up their free masks, TEB Chair Erdoğan Çolak noted.
The Turkish Post (PTT) website crashed April 5 following an overwhelming number of applications for free surgical masks, which became mandatory in public places April 3. Applications for the free service will be taken on the government’s online services website, PTT noted after the online application site crashed.