Felicity Party (Saadet) deputy Abdulkadir Karaduman said on July 20 that he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. The deputy marks the fifth infection among Turkey's lawmakers.
Turkey's Presidency mandated that everyone who will attend the July 15, 2016 coup attempt memorial ceremony be tested for COVID-19. One politician noted that none of the deputies are tested for general sessions and that the precaution is required for being in the president's presence.
A new testing center in Istanbul Airport will offer all passengers COVID-19 tests for 110 Turkish Liras each (about $16). The center's capacity is an hourly 2,000.
Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, the group deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the fourth Turkish lawmaker whose coronavirus test came back positive. Last week, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had announced that three of its deputies tested positive for the virus, without disclosing the identities of the MPs.
Istanbul’s provincial Education Director Levent Yazıcı said on May 28 that the city would be holding high-school exams (LGS) in socially distanced and disinfected testing centers and that all parties would wear masks. About 280,000 students are expected to take the LGS on June 20.
Serkan Alan reports: COVID-19 sample collecting services for Turkey's Health Ministry were contracted to a single company without a tender, leading to an outrage among its competitors. The company in question charges clients for testing by the Health Ministry, which an opposition deputy deemed "unearned profit."
Some 39 percent of health workers in Turkey haven't been tested for COVID-19, a union report revealed. Less than ten percent of hospitals conducted testing to scan workers, while only two percent conduct routine testing.
The Covid-19 will inevitably affect a much wider population, and Turkey’s limited testing is dramatic. Scientists, doctors unanimously urge for a radical testing procedure. In Istanbul, a city of 16 million, there are only four hospitals conducting tests. Meanwhile, states of emergency, strict restrictions and bans are anything but new in Turkey!
Vural Özdemir writes: Turkey has correctly adopted social distancing to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the assumption that the future COVID-19 cases can only come from outside Turkey or through their immediate contacts is not well founded. We are currently bleeding precious time to start broad testing. Each passing hour and day add to the risk to move from the linear to the exponential phase of virus spread, as seen in some countries like Italy.
Turkey has expanded the criteria for who can be tested for the novel coronavirus after the first confirmed case in the country early on March 11. As of now, not only those who recently traveled to countries with “high risk,” but anyone who has been abroad within the last 14 days will be tested, as long as they show symptoms of infection, said a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Scientific Committee.