Two senior Turkish officials have told Reuters that the daily COVID-19 infection rate may need to dip below the more than 900 seen recently for the government to reopen all schools across the country. One of the officials said classes might have to remain online for some southeastern provinces. "The normalization is under way ... but the numbers should have fallen faster."
Second wave of COVID-19 expected to hit Turkey in September or October, says Science Committee member
A second wave of COVID-19 is likely to occur in September or October, according to a member of Turkey's Health Ministry Coronavirus Science Committee. “Let us not be deceived by the [recent] decrease in case numbers. We are expecting the second wave to occur in September-October due to the changes in the body immunity, the increase in the crowds and more time spent indoors," Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sema Turan said.
President Erdoğan has dismissed plans to reintroduce a nationwide curfew during the Eid al-Adha holiday. "Of course, the issue's evaluation will be done by the [Health Ministry's Coronavirus] Science Committee, but we can also share our view with the Science Committee," Erdoğan said on July 17.
Turkey registered 933 new coronavirus cases on July 16, bringing the tally so far to 216,873. The country's death toll from the virus rose to 5,440, with 21 new fatalities reported.
The European Union has updated its list of "safe countries" from which non-essential travel is allowed. The bloc has again excluded Turkey from the list. This also means that EU citizens who travel to Turkey will be placed under quarantine for 14 days when they go back to their country.
Six Turkish provinces have not reported any pneumonia cases in last three days, says Health Minister
Turkey on July 15 reported a second straight day of fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 15, with 947 cases identified. Koca also said that six provinces have not reported any cases of pneumonia, which is a serious complication of the COVID-19, over the last three days.
Turkey's daily new COVID-19 cases dropped below 1,000 for the first time in 33 days, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 14. Koca made the remarks as Turkey registered 992 new cases and 20 new fatalities from the virus.
Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the southeastern provinces of Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, and Diyarbakır lead in COVID-19 cases, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 13. Koca made the remarks as Turkey registered 1,008 new cases, bringing the totally tally to 214,001.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Turkey has been declining steadily since June 25, but cautioned the public not to flout measures in place to stem the spread of the virus. "Let's not forget that these decreases [in case numbers] are happening slowly, whereas increases are happening suddenly," he said.
The World Health Organization and Turkey on July 9 signed an agreement to open a WHO office in Istanbul. The WHO already has a country office in the capital Ankara. Speaking in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the WHO's new office will guide efforts to meet current needs in the novel coronavirus outbreak.
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 governor's offices of Istanbul and Ankara have banned send-off celebrations for conscripts on the grounds that they pose a risk in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Media outlets have been recently showing people in these informal ceremonies flouting the social distancing rules.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that Turkish hospitals have been running at an ICU bed occupancy rate of between 59-61 percent for the last month. Koca’s remarks came as Turkey registered 1,053 new virus cases and 19 new fatalities on July 7.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the society is failing to comply with the coronavirus measures which is why the country's daily cases are not dropping below 1,000. Koca's remarks came as Turkey registered 1,086 new virus cases and 16 new fatalities on July 6.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has warned the nation that the novel coronavirus' spread is quite fast. "It is taking time for the cases to decrease," he wrote on Twitter. The minister's statements came as Turkey reported 1,172 new infections and 19 new fatalities from the virus.