Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Global coronavirus cases tops 100,000
Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Turkey to date, we are keeping a close eye on what’s happening in other countries. According to the Worldometer website, there are 106, 203 cases globally, 3,600 people have died so far and 60,191 people have recovered.
After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the number of people infected by coronavirus reportedly topped 100,000 people worldwide on Saturday.
Worldometer, a website which compiles new case numbers of COVID-19, updated the number of affected to 103,738.
According to the website, at least 3,522 people have died so far, and 58,456 people have recovered.
Turkey is currently among only a few countries in its region not to report any coronavirus cases, but it is on alert over possible infections. Disinfection efforts are in full swing across the country while President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the public on Friday to limit kisses and hugs to avoid infection. More here…
The number of deaths so far, by country, according to Worldometer:
China 3,070, Italy 197, Iran 145, South Korea 48, U.S. 17, France 9, Spain 8, Japan 6, Iraq 4, U.K. 2, Hong Kong 2, Australia 2, Switzerland 1, Thailand 1, Taiwan, Netherlands 1, Philippines 1, San Marino 1.
The economic effects of the coronavirus have preceded the spread of the virus itself, with financial markets swinging wildly, companies closing offices or asking employees work from home in affected areas, and throttling air travel across the globe.
The struggling British airline Flybe collapsed on Thursday as the outbreak quashed ticket sales. The British regional airline narrowly avoided bankruptcy in January, but the spread of the coronavirus sealed its fate, left passengers stranded, and is now threatening the viability of regional airports across the U.K.
Here is the most up to date advice from GOV.UK Travel Advice for Turkey.
There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, some other countries in the region and elsewhere.
The Turkish authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures. All international passengers are being screened with a thermal camera. Those displaying signs of a temperature will then be referred to a medical adviser. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
The Turkish Ministry of Health have confirmed that passengers without Turkish residency permits will not be permitted to enter Turkey within 14 days of a visit to China, South Korea, Iran, Iraq or Italy. If a passenger has a residency permit, they may be allowed to enter Turkey but they will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to the passenger going straight to the quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage.
All passenger flights to and from Italy, Iraq, South Korea, Iran and China from Turkey have been cancelled due to coronavirus outbreaks in those countries. Land crossings with Iran and Iraq have also been closed.
Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. Delays at airports are possible.
Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
Sources: aa.com.tr/Worldometer/GOV.UK/Daily Sabah/fortune.com
Driving techniques training for traffic teams in Fethiye
The attendees, who all work in traffic teams, were trained in professional driving techniques to deal with the change in operational needs due to the increase in traffic in Fethiye.
Speaking at a ceremony after the course, Fethiye Governor Muzaffer Şahiner said, “There is an increasing traffic density in Fethiye with its population. There are approximately 110 thousand vehicles in the district with a population of 163 thousand, higher than the average in Muğla”.
The police, who succeeded in the exam, received a certificate during a ceremony held in the garden of the Police Department .
‘History disappears’ as dam waters flood ancient Hasankeyf
Every day hundreds of people gather on the banks of the Tigris river in southeast Turkey to watch a 12,000-year-old town disappearing before their eyes.
Rising water levels from the giant Ilisu Dam further downstream are slowly submerging the town of Hasankeyf and flooding an area which was settled by humans for millennia.
The dam, approved by the Turkish government in 1997 to generate electricity for the region, will uproot nearly 80,000 people from 199 villages and has alarmed authorities in neighboring Iraq, who fear the impact on their water supplies from the Tigris.
After years of setbacks, the dam started filling last July. Water levels in and around Hasankeyf have already risen some 15 meters and continue to rise by around 15 centimeters per day.
The dam forms a key part of Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project, designed to spur economic growth in its poorest and least developed area.
Residents have left Hasankeyf, many of them moving to a new town, Yeni Hasankeyf, on a nearby hill which will sit on the shores of a newly created lake once the dam is completely filled.
Once the dam is filled, proposed plans for the area include ferries shuttling tourists between the new town to a section of the old town that will remain above the water. Several historical structures including a massive tomb, an ancient Turkish bath, a historic mosque and its minaret, have already been moved to Yeni Hasankeyf. Read the full story here…
Digs unearth riches of Istanbul’s ‘Land of the Blind’
Archeological excavations around a train station in Istanbul have unearthed a wealth of historical ruins, including tombs, artifacts, and a bath, all hinting of the rich past of the ancient city of Khalkedon (Kadikoy), also called “the Land of the Blind.”
Around the historical Haydarpasa Train Station, located on the Asian side of Istanbul, excavations for subway construction revealed historical remains. The digs, started in 2018 by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry and Istanbul Archeological Museums, have been done with the utmost care for the last two years.
Digs revealing historical structures from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Hellenistic, and Classical eras shed light on the deep roots of Turkey, a cradle of civilizations.
Remains were found by a team of 430 people, including archeologists and museum experts, in an area of 350,000 square meters including the area surrounding subway stations and Ibrahimaga, near Haydarpasa. These remains give significant hints about Khalkedon, the ancient Land of the Blind from some 2,500 years ago. Read the full article here…
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor lost their away match against Ofspor A.Ş yesterday. The final score was 3-0.
Fethiyespor drop to seventh place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 14th March at home against Büyükçekmece Tepecikspor. Kick off is at 15:00.
Sunday 22nd March away against Kozan Spor F.K. Kick off is at 15:00.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol update.
Fethiye’s Basketball Team won their home match on Saturday 7th March with fantastic support from the Fethiye fans. The final score was Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor 82 – 72 Samsunspor.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor retain their position at the top of the League Table with 8 matches left to play.
The next match is an away game against 1881 Duzce Belediye on Friday 13th March. The match starts at 18:00
The next home game is on Tuesday 17th March, against Merkezefendi Belediyesi. The match starts at 19:00.
The table below shows the fixtures for March.
Home matches are played at Beskaza Sports Stadium where everyone is welcome to come along and support the Team.
Transport will be organised to take fans to the away matches and details can be found on the Team’s Facebook Page.
All matches are broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV
You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.94 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.00 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.09 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.24 TL.
The Euro bought 6.87 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.88 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image of moody weather at Çalış was taken by Steve Parsley.