Turkey coronavirus outbreak
The U.S.' health protection agency CDC has designated Turkey as a risky place for COVID-19, urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to the country. "COVID-19 risk in Turkey is high. If you get sick in Turkey and need medical care, resources may be limited," the CDC said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it sent millions of masks, gloves, goggles and other items worth $1.7 million to protect healthcare professionals and other frontline workers in Turkey from COVID-19. "WHO has also assisted the Ministry of Health to track the spread of COVID-19 in Istanbul, one of the cities hit hardest by the pandemic," it said.
The chair of one of Turkey's largest education unions protested Ankara's decision to move up national high school and university entrance examinations, noting that the nationwide event will draw large crowds outside. Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen) Chair Feray Aytekin Aydoğan noted that nearly two million students take the high school entrance exams alone, and with the proctors and parents included, nearly eight million people will be on the streets for one day of testing.
Turkey on May 1 confirmed 84 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 3,258. The total number of registered coronavirus cases surged to 122,392.