Turkish Interior Ministry on April 10 imposed a two-day curfew in 31 large cities, including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir, in response to the spread of COVID-19. The ministry said the curbs would begin at midnight and end at the same time on April 12.
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 98 to total 1,006 and new confirmed cases rose by 4,747 to bring the country’s total to 47,029, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on April 10.
HDP deputy Zeynel Özen said that Istanbul registered more deaths than usual at this time of year and the excess is higher than the number confirmed to have died from the coronavirus. The deputy submitted a parliamentary question regarding this issue and asked Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to clarify this discrepancy.
The remains of a PKK militant have been delivered to the family three years after his death. The family received their son's body in a PTT cargo package.
Turkey is looking at ways to protect trade ties from the coronavirus fallout and cooperation is key, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Turkic Council Summit on April 10. "Turkey is at war with an unseen enemy, and the Turkic Council Summit will help strengthen our hand in the fight with COVID-19. We are facing a global socioeconomic crisis along with the pandemic," he said.
A Turkish textile worker in Istanbul received a text message telling her to stay home when she left her house to go to work in the morning. When she called the police, they said the Health Ministry was conducting a practice run of their new tracking system for COVID-19 patients.
Amid coronavirus outbreak film producers in Turkey have called upon theater owners to lift the five-month limit that they are required to wait to upload their films to paid streaming sites, but they have not received an affirmative reply. Meanwhile movie theater representatives are furious at the recent partnership of the independent film-supporting Başka Sinema platform with the streaming site BluTV to release films before they come to the theaters.
In the early days of March, our polling results suggested that 46% of the population in Turkey would not get vaccinated if a vaccine was developed against COVID-19. Luckily, this indifference to the virus has evolved for the better between March and now. As we enter the most critical two weeks of the pandemic in Turkey, the numbers with respect to self-isolation and precautions offer more hope.
Some medical experts in Turkey argue that the hospitals which were previously emptied by the AKP government, can easily be ransformed into functioning hospitals with minimal spending to treat COVID-19 patients. One might wonder why they were closed in the first place.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Recognizing that artists would also be hit hard financially by the coronavirus, countries like Germany and the UK have created emergency funds for creative workers. In Turkey, securing support for creative workers such as musicians has been an uphill battle.
Halis Bayancuk -- believed to be ISIS' most senior operative in Turkey -- was re-arrested on April 9, upon an appeal of prosecutors, just hours after a court ruled to free him. The re-arrest order came after the decision to release Bayancuk caused an uproar among Turkish citizens.
The AKP-MHP alliance has introduced a bill to increase the penalties for perpetrators targeting medical staff. The bill proposes increased prison terms by 50 percent, but Turkish Medical Association (TTB) demands that sentences be doubled.
Twitter has exploded after a hint that one of the main characters of the new Turkish series Netflix Aşk 101 (Love 101) will be LGBT. Twitter in Turkey on April 8 headed the hashtag #netflixadamol (which translates as "Netflix, be a man").
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 96 to total 908 and new confirmed cases rose by 4,056 to bring the country’s total to 42,282, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The total number of recovered cases stood at 2,142, with 296 recoveries in the last 24 hours, Koca said on Twitter.
Thousands of prisoners are soon set to released over fears of the novel coronavirus spreading through jails. However, bus operators have turned this into an opportunity, demanding outrageous prices from them, reaching as high as 1,200 liras ($188) for one-way ticket. Some of the inmates who could not afford to pay such prices applied to jail management officials regarding this issue, but they have been told: “You are on your own.”