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 deputy in parliament said that jailed pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker İdris Baluken can die in prison, Özgür Özel, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Group Deputy Chair said during a debate on a prisoner release bill. Now, when we ask whether he should die in prison, the answer is 'They can.' Someone said 'He can die' at the back," Özel also said, while refraining from naming the lawmaker.
Berfin Özek, who survived an acid attack carried out by her ex-boyfriend Ozan Çeltik last year, forgave him and withdrew her criminal complaint. Speaking about Özek's decision to forgive Çelik, Mehtap Sert, one of her lawyers and a member of İskenderun Women's Platform, said that they have been following her case since the beginning as the platform, but will no longer work with her.
Istanbul Chamber of Pharmacists said that a deal was reached between the Health Ministry and Turkish Pharmacists' Association on distributing masks from pharmacies. According to the chamber's statement, pharmacies in Istanbul will distribute masks free of charge to people aged between 20 and 65.
Nail Noğay, the Family and Social Policies Ministry's Istanbul Provincial Deputy Manager, caused uproar on Twitter late on April 8 after telling a Roma woman complaining about hunger and poverty to die. While Noğay deleted his post due to backlash, the ministry released a statement on the issue, saying that he was sacked and a probe was launched into him.
The government has prepared a draft bill which bans layoffs but also gives employers the right to put their employees on unpaid leave during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees on unpaid leave will be paid 39.24 liras ($5.79) per day by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Turkish authorities will track if coronavirus patients self-isolating at home are abiding by the quarantine rules or not through a mobile phone application, within the framework of a newly launched project called “Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project.” The patients will be asked to return home if they break the quarantine rules, the presidency's Communications Directorate said in a statement on April 8.
Powerful northeastern winds have turned the Bosphorus Strait turquoise due to carrying sediments from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Northeastern storms have been ongoing in the Marmara Sea since April 5.
Sick inmates in Turkey are being denied treatment, with their relatives urging authorities to act egalitarian regarding a bill that would release thousands of prisoners and convicts and that excludes political prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. There are a total of 1,333 sick prisoners in the country, with 457 of them severely ill, according to the Human Rights Association.
Diyarbakır Governor's Office said on April 8 that five civilians were killed in a PKK attack in the province's Kulp district. Security forces launched an operation to apprehend those involved in the attack, it also said.
HDP deputy Garo Paylan has asked Health Minister Fahrettin Koca the reason for why only 500 tests were carried out in the past 27 days in Diyarbakır. "Is discrimination the case when distributing tests to Diyarbakır and other provinces in the region?" Paylan, who is a Diyarbakır lawmaker, said in his parliamentary question following reports on the issue.
Healthcare workers celebrate when 95-year-old Turkish man recovered from coronavirus leaves hospital
Healthcare professionals at a hospital in the western province of İzmir celebrated when a 95-year-old man recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) was discharged from the hospital.
Vecdi Erbay writes from Diyarbakır: Since cafes and teahouses have been closed due to the coronavirus, a number of people started selling tea on the streets of Diyarbakır. Some of them are roving tea sellers. They stroll around the city until they come across a policeman.
According to a poll submitted to main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, some 84 percent of the Turkish citizens reportedly support a curfew against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The participants were also asked about the problems that Turkey needs to solve urgently. The pandemic topped the list, with 46 percent saying that it's the most urgent issue.
Turkey's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 to total 574 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country's total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. He added that 20,065 tests for the COVID-19 disease had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.