Please note: We had some feedback yesterday that the numbers reported in the evening round up were the same as the morning and different to what Worldometer was showing. Here’s a quick reminder of how we are reporting the news throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each morning we will bring you an update – via Fethiye Times Facebook page- on the numbers; how many people in Turkey have been diagnosed with covid-19 and the death toll, along with any news that has broken overnight.

Throughout the day we will bring you news updates as they happen, both nationally, locally and direct from the Municipality. Again this will be via the Fethiye Times Facebook page.

Early evening, we will bring you a round up of the days news via This will be a brief summary of what has happened in the last 24 hours, with appropriate links. That way, you will have have everything you need to know (by day) in one place for easy reference.

We will only report the updated numbers each morning, after they have been released by the Health Minister the previous evening.

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020

Around 1,704 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Turkey in the last 24 hours, and 16 more people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 108, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Saturday.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 now stands at 7,402. 70 people have recovered, the minister added.

READ: 1,704 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Turkey as death toll hits 108

The Health Minister also confirmed on Friday that Turkey had tried some rapid antigen tests arrived from China, but authorities “weren’t happy about them.” The kits have been rejected.

READ: Turkey rejects Chinese testing kits over inaccurate results

A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020
A deserted Rome: ‘We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time.’ Photograph: Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images

An author in Rome describes what to expect based on her experiences of lockdown.

READ: A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future

Naval patrol boats anchor in the Gulf of Fethiye

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020

There are four naval patrol boats, TCG Storm, TCG Rüzgar, TCG Gurbet, TCG Poyraz from Marmaris Aksaz Naval Base Command currently moored in the Gulf of Fethiye near Şövalye Island.

This is nothing to worry about.

They are here purely to keep the military personnel as isolated as possible to prevent them being infected by COVID-19.

There are no positive cases on board any of the vessels and they will not be approaching the port.

It was felt they were safer here than in Marmaris.

They will stay in the Gulf until they receive further orders.


Foreign Residents feel safe in Turkey

During our day working with with Fethiye Municipality on Thursday, one of the things we were doing was talking to Foreign residents under curfew and fulfilling a shopping delivery by the Vefa Coordination Group.

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020
Members of Fethiye Zabita delivering the shopping
COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020
Kate receives her shopping order

Kate Topçu told local journalist, Ali Riza Akkır, ” “I feel very safe in Turkey. Police are able to meet the needs of our streets and also help us here.” She went on to say said that the coronavirus should be taken very seriously and people should be more careful.

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020
Kate Topçu talks to Ali Riza Akkır about COVID-19 in Turkey

June Waddel Hall said. “I have lived in the district for seven years and am very satisfied with the measures taken to protect those over 65, even though they take some getting used to”.

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020
June Waddell Hall

Germany’s Wolfgang Roggendorfer (69) said “We are very satisfied with this shopping to door service. We called by phone and our needs were met immediately. Turkey acted against the coronavirus really early and took the necessary steps. My daughter living in Germany said, ‘I wish I had come with my children when there were flights”. Turkey on this issue is very safe”.

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Airlines failing to refund coronavirus cancellations

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 29 March 2020

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair fail to provide a simple way to get money back, as passengers resort to claiming on debit or credit cards.

READ: Airlines failing to refund coronavirus cancellations

Global Death Toll

The global death toll has surpassed 32,180, with 684,825 cases confirmed, according to Worldometer

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Today’s featured image: #togetherwearestrongerby Lyn Ward