The death toll in Turkey now stands at 44 and the number of cases of Covid-19 rose by 343 to 1,892. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca annnounced late Tuesday.

He also confirmed that health personnel were among those who had tested positive for the new coronavirus but did not provide further details.

READ: Coronavirus death toll stands at 44 while cases jump to 1,872 in Turkey

WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp

WHO have launched a messaging service with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus.

This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.

This messaging service provides the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.

The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.

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It’s interactive and friendly, even using emojis

Source: World Health Organisation

Vefa reach out to 2700 families in Muğla

“Vefa” means many things in Turkish – fidelity, faithfulness, loyalty and consistency in love. For senior citizens, it is the name of a lifeline amid the curfew over the coronavirus outbreak.

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The COVID-19 helpline is meeting the daily needs of senior citizens in Turkey who are stuck at home due to a partial curfew announced by the government in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the Interior Ministry, more than 144,000 people have called the helpline since the curfew was imposed two days ago.

Out of them, the needs of over 121,000 people were met by Vefa social support groups, who delivered food and medicines to their homes. 

Vefa Coordination Group teams have been working hard to meet the needs of the citizens and have provided services to 2,700 families in Muğla requesting services through 112, 155 and 156 calls.

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Vefa Coordination Group teams from Fethiye

In Fethiye, 15 separate teams formed by the municipality, police and district governorship received requests for help from 41 neighborhoods.

Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/TimeTurk

READ: Restrictions prevail but life goes on in virus-hit Turkey

Corona Care Fethiye Update

Excellent news from Fethiye Municipality.

When you call 155 for help with getting cash, they will take your information and then send someone carrying a badge as shown in the picture below.

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Once they arrive you have the following options:

1. If you have your own car, you can drive yourself to the ATM or bank and they will escort you in their own vehicle.

2. If you live close enough to walk, they will escort you to the ATM or bank

3. If you need a ride, they will drive you to the ATM or bank. You must have an escort when you leave your home in order to be legal.

Facebook: Corona Caring Fethiye

Turkey to suspend all judicial proceedings until April 30

COVID-19 daily round up - Wednesday 25 March 2020

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül has announced that all judicial proceedings have been suspended until April 30, as part of measures taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Parliament on March 24 passed an omnibus bill overseeing amendments in some laws for regulations in the economy.

The bill stipulates many changes from granting financial help for minimum wage for employers, to postponing electricity and natural gas payments in disaster areas.

“Our citizens will not experience any loss of rights; let’s stay at home and decrease the risk,” Gül added.

READ: Turkey to suspend all judicial proceedings until April 30

Second announcement from the Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital to the people of Fethiye

READ: Second announcement from the Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital to the people of Fethiye

Global Death Toll

The global death toll has surpassed 19,700, with 440,321 cases confirmed, according to Worldometer

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