With the number of coronavirus cases in Turkey jumping to 191 and the death of a third patient announced earlier today, Turkey is taking ever more stringent measures to contain the virus.

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, urged citizens to take individual measures to minimise the spread of the virus by staying at home and avoiding close contact, as well as paying particular attention to hygiene.

Turkey confirms former general died from coronavirus, as death toll rises to 3

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020

An Istanbul hospital announced on March 19 that Aytaç Yalman, a former commander of the Turkish land forces, has died from the coronavirus. There had been days-long speculations over the medical reason behind his death.

“It has been understood that Aytaç Yalman has died from the coronavirus,” read a statement issued by the chief physician of the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) on March 19.

The Istanbul hospital also informed that the late general’s wife is undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

READ: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-confirms-third-death-from-coronavirus-a-former-general-153110

No cases of Coronavirus in Fethiye so far

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020
Fethiye Mayor, Alim Karaca

Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca has confirmed in a statement that there are no cases of coronavirus in Fethiye so far.

He told members of the press, “There are no cases in Fethiye so far.

You are all aware that the world and therefore our country is in crisis with this serious health hazard. According to the statements of the Ministry of Health, the number of patients diagnosed with coronavirus is increasing. Therefore, our concerns are increasing, as are our prevention measures. According to official information from our health institutions in our district, there are no cases in Fethiye so far. This is, of course, comforting news for us, however, this does not mean that it will not happen. Experts say that the next month is very important and we should be very careful. For this reason, we, as public institutions, and as conscious individuals, must do what we need together. ”

Fethiye Municipality continues to work with disinfected teams in almost every part of the city.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Turkish sports suspended until further notice over coronavirus

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020

All football, basketball, volleyball and handball leagues in Turkey have been postponed until further notice over the growing coronavirus pandemic, Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoğlu announced Thursday.

Speaking after a meeting with authorities from various federations and club officials, Kasapoğlu said Turkey was one of the fastest countries to take necessary precautions in the face of the growing crisis.

The minister said the date for restarting the leagues would be decided in the coming weeks depending on the progress of the outbreak.

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/sports/turkish-sports-suspended-until-further-notice-over-coronavirus/news

Ferry service from Marmaris to Rhodes temporarily stopped

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020

The ferry service from Marmaris to Rhodes Island which runs two days a week, has been temporarily stopped due to Coronavirus.

It is reported that the Marmaris Sea border gate is open and continues to operate however travel agencies are reported to have temporarily stopped their ferry services due to the lack of passengers.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Misuse of gloves raises coronavirus infection risk

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020

Washing hands frequently is your best bet against coronavirus, says Turkish doctor.

COVID-19 daily round up - Thursday 19 March 2020

Improper use of surgical gloves as a preventive measure against coronavirus could possibly backfire — increasing the risk of infection, according to a Turkish doctor.

“I see people at the airport who wear gloves and touch all dirty surfaces and then their mask. They will infect themselves,” said Dr. Yesim Tasova, an infectious disease expert.

She said most people who wear gloves do not wash hands frequently.

“There is no need to wear gloves. Carry a little cologne with you, maintain your hand hygiene frequently right after touching something, this is the most important thing. Leave the use of gloves to us,” said the doctor, who works at the Cukurova University Balcali Hospital in Turkey’s southern province of Adana.

Tasova is also a member of the Health Ministry’s taskforce on coronavirus.

READ: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/health/misuse-of-gloves-raises-coronavirus-infection-risk/1772201

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