Turkey’s Health Ministry releases COVID-19 breakdown by patient region, age, gender for the first time
Turkey's Health Ministry has for the first time given a breakdown of the region, age and gender of patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19. The ministry said in its report that Istanbul has registered over half of the cases, with 108,749 patients during the period of March 11 - June 28. The report came as Turkey registered 1,186 new infections and 17 new fatalities on July 2.
Istanbul accounts for nearly 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 1. The age group with the highest number of cases recorded nationwide is 25 to 45 years, Koca also said. The minister's comments came as Turkey identified more than 200,000 coronavirus cases with 1,192 new cases diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.
Turkey's death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 5,065, as it reported 19 new fatalities, Health Ministry data showed on June 26. According to test results, the total number of COVID-19 cases nationwide reached 194,511 with 1,396 new infections.
Turkish health minister urges citizens not to flout measures as country registers 1,458 new virus cases
Turkey’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,458 new cases on June 25, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. "The number of new cases shows that precautions are decreasing. The number of cases in the world is on the rise. Let's give some good news from Turkey," Koca said.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 24 as the country registered 1,212 new cases on June 22. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by measures, saying: "We must bring down the number of cases through the measures we take."
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 23 as the country registered 1,214 new cases on June 19. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the country's biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, registered their lowest number of daily virus cases in the past week.
The Interior Ministry on June 19 announced that coronavirus quarantines are currently underway in 76 residential areas in 28 provinces. The areas are home to some 48,170 people. The ministry also said that quarantines have been lifted in 502 residential areas in 66 provinces.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 21 as the country registered 1,304 new cases on June 18. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again urged citizens to abide by the measures, saying: "The negligence of one person concerns all of us."
A newly established women's organization in the eastern province of Van has said that some 10 women have sought their help about domestic violence counselling in the last two months. STAR Women's Association has said that many women are reluctant to take official action due to lengthy and often ineffective legal procedures.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the Coronavirus Science Committee has not discussed the possibility of the resumption of curfews amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 cases. "In the upcoming period, we are not thinking of a situation like a curfew. This did not come up at the Coronavirus Science Committee,” he said.
Turkey on June 16 confirmed 1,467 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total tally to 181,298. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that "some regions and group behaviors" were responsible from the recent rise in infection figures.
Turkey registered 1,592 new coronavirus cases on June 15, after it initiated a sudden normalization period two weeks ago. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the rise in infections were concentrated in certain areas.
The removal of certain precautions taken against the coronavirus in Turkey has resulted in an alarming rise in the number of healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned. "If things continue like this, by September the polyclinics and hospitals will be ensnared in chaos. The consequence of this will be flaws in healthcare services,” TTB's family healthcare chair Filiz Ünal told Duvar.
Turkey on June 14 confirmed 1,562 new cases from the novel coronavirus, almost double the level to which they had fallen in early June. “Our weak point is unwary optimism. Let’s be prudent optimist,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned on Twitter.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country's eastern provinces have recently seen a partial increase in the number of coronavirus cases. Koca's statement came as the southeastern province of Diyarbakır made the wearing of masks mandatory in all public spaces amid concerns of a second wave in the province.