Turkish Health Ministry has revised its daily coronavirus toll for Oct. 19 following an inconsistency in data. The ministry initially said that the country registered 1,958 new coronavirus "patients" in the last 24 hours, but later revised the figure as 2,026.
Five health workers have died of COVID-19 in just one day, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said on Oct. 18, as it criticized the government for not being able to manage the pandemic properly. The names of the health workers were revealed as Dr. Salih Kanlı, Dr. Turan Yıldırım, Ferhat Gencer, Harun Dönmez and Yasemin Çolak. The number of health workers who died of COVID-19 in the past eight days rose to 13.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the ministry will reveal all the coronavirus data starting from Oct. 15. "We'll share them even if they are asymptomatic. We are starting on Oct. 15. We'll be continuing screening on the field in a way that encompasses the whole society within two months," Koca told daily Hürriyet on Oct. 11. The minister previously drew outrage after revealing that the daily COVID-19 figures reflected only patients with symptoms, excluding asymptomatic positive cases.
A member of Turkish Health Ministry's Social Sciences Board has said that 2.5 percent of Turkey's population is currently immune to the novel coronavirus. “If the number of cases is 310,000, we can say that antibodies have been positively detected in 2.5 percent [of these people]. That means 2.5 percent of our country has just become immune to the coronavirus,” Prof. Dr. Mustafa Necmi İlhan said.
A main opposition CHP deputy has said that the number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus Turkey on Sept. 10 is 20 times higher than officially reported by the Health Ministry on the same day. CHP MP Murat Emir based this figure on a document that was allegedly taken from the Health Ministry’s Laboratories Information Management System.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that coronavirus (COVID-19) positive individuals will wear electronic bracelets while under quarantine as a measure against violating quarantine rules. The ministry is evaluating two options regarding the bracelet and both options include alarming authorities if breaches take place.
Turkey on Sept. 23 recorded more than 70 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time since May. Seventy two people died over the past 24 hours due to the COVID-19 in Turkey, while 1,767 new cases were diagnosed, according to the daily figures the Health Ministry announced on a COVID-19 dedicated website on Sept. 23.
President Erdoğan has said that Turkey shifted to a “new phase” in the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling that the government is preparing to introduce new measures to curb the spread of the virus. He also said that travel restrictions might be reimposed on citizens aged above 65 at the provincial level.
Erdoğan ally calls for closure of top medial association for protesting increasing COVID-19 infections
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the closure of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) after the organization has this week launched a series of protest events, accusing the government of mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of Bahçeli's remarks, messages of support poured in from Twitter users for the TTB, with the hashtag campaign of "#İyikiTTBvar" (which translates as "So glad we have TTB") going viral.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the coronavirus contagion in the country has been accelerating for the last two months. “Today, both we and the world are in a more difficult phase of COVID-19 than at the beginning of the pandemic," Koca said, indicating that the “burden” on the Turkish healthcare staff has increased by 4-5 times compared to the initial phase of the pandemic.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has announced that it will hold various demonstrations throughout this week to protest the government's COVID-19 "normalization plan" amid the increasing number of infections. The TTB said that healthcare staff are “exhausted” and the government is unable to “manage” the pandemic.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sept. 10 that the average age of active COVID-19 patients in Turkey was 42. Meanwhile, the average of COVID-19 cases in intensive care units is 65, Koca said.
Turkey has started to provide ambulance transportation to COVID-19 patients in the breakaway Turkish Cyprus to treat them at Turkish hospitals. The first four COVID-19 patients were brought early on Sept. 10 to Ankara.
Istanbul's governor office announced on Sept. 9 that only a limited number of standing passengers be allowed on public transport vehicles amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The new rules came after the Interior Ministry on Sept. 8 sent a circular to all adminsitrations to monitor compliance with the COVID-19 measures.
The governor's office of Mardin's Mazıdağı district has announced that two neighborhoods in the district were placed under COVID-19 quarantine. The governor's office said that the “circulation of seasonal workers” has been recently high in these two neighborhoods.