The information in this article is correct as of 4 April 2020

Here at Fethiye Times we’re working very hard to keep you up to date on the coronavirus pandemic with accurate, verified information.

Every day there are stricter measures announced and it’s reaching a point where the information you need isn’t easily accessible.

After the most recent announcements from the president last night, today seemed like a good time to stop and take a look at exactly where we are with the virus in Turkey and clarify what measures have been taken so far.

COVID-19 Turkey

Speaking after a meeting of ministry’s Coronavirus Science Board, Health Minster Fahrettin Koca announced the most recent figures last night.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey is now 20,921 and the total number of fatalities now stands at 425 with 484 people recovered and 1,250 people in intensive care.

Worldometer Turkey

COVID-19 Fethiye

In a press release yesterday, Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca announced the most recent figures for Fethiye.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fethiye is now 5, with another 8 symptomatic patients awaiting test results. The total number of fatalities stands at 1.

Most recent measures to curb the spread

President Erdogan announced a curfew restricting members of the public under age 20 (born after Jan. 1, 2000) from leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary. The curfew was effective from midnight.

The wearing of face-masks in crowded areas including stores is now mandatory

He also announced a 15-day ban on vehicles leaving or entering 31 provinces. Here is a list of the provinces.

Coronavirus in Turkey

Adana – Adana Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Ankara – Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Antalya – Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Aydın – Aydın Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Balıkesir – Balıkesir Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Bursa – Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Denizli – Denizli Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Diyarbakır – Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Erzurum – Erzurum Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Eskişehir – Eskişehir Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Gaziantep – Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Hatay – Hatay Büyükşehir Belediyesi
İstanbul – İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi
İzmir – İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Kahramanmaraş – Kahramanmaraş Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Kayseri – Kayseri Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Kocaeli – Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Konya – Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Malatya – Malatya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Manisa – Manisa Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Mardin – Mardin Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Mersin – Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Muğla – Muğla Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Ordu – Ordu Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Sakarya – Sakarya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Samsun – Samsun Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Şanlıurfa – Şanlıurfa Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Tekirdağ – Tekirdağ Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Trabzon – Trabzon Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Van – Van Büyükşehir Belediyesi

The new restrictions are as well as those already in place

Air and land borders are closed.

People who are older than 65 and/or suffer from chronic illnesses are not allowed to leave their homes. The curfew age has not yet been reduced to over 60.

The gathering of crowds in all open spaces, including streets, is not allowed.

Schools, cafes, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, libraries, gyms and similar venues are closed. The school curriculum is now being delivered via remote classes.

Sports events are cancelled.

All public transport vehicles are allowed to carry only half their capacity. There must be an empty seat between passengers. As yet, there has been no official notification that this applies to private vehicles, although social distancing guidelines should be followed.

Grocery stores will only provide service between 09:00 and 21:00.

Only a certain number of people (one tenth of its original number) will be allowed to shop at one time, depending on the size of the store. 

Bank working hours are reduced to 12:00 – 17:00.

Beauty salons, hair dressers, barbers are closed.

Picnic spots, parks, forests, archeological sites, beaches and kordon areas are closed.

Fishing at shores is banned.

Barbecuing in gardens, parks and promenades is banned.

Inter-city travelers are being tested for high fever and coughing, with systems set up at borders of cities.

There is a nationwide ban on prayer gatherings in mosques, including Friday prayers.

New restrictions are being introduced every couple of days and we will keep this list up to date.

Stay Home

These are unprecedented times and governments everywhere are introducing measures to curb the spread of the virus – and they are are battling on a daily basis to enforce these measures.

(Whilst I’m sitting writing this – listening to Heart FM – the UK Prime Minister, has just put out an appeal for people to stay at home this weekend during the unusually warm weather. And the UK is under lockdown.)

The Governor’s office, the Mayor’s office, jandarma, police, ambulance services and many more are working extremely hard to deliver and enforce these measures, and they only have their normal resources



Questions and Answers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Questions and Answers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fethiye Times also has a COVID-19 Q&A set up to answer the many questions that arise. If you have a question, please read the article below to make sure your question hasn’t already been answered. The article also explains the process to follow if you have a question.

Please read: Questions and Answers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  1. Should we be worried that this virus can be passed on through mosquito bites? The mosquitoes are starting to appear, and we need to know if we have to take stringent methods to make sure we are safe.

    • Hi Norma

      According to the World Health Organisation the new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

      To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

      Here is a link to the myth busters section for your information:

      Stay safe 🧿

      Kind regards


  2. I think it is going to be a tough year not just for Turkey But for all over the holiday hots spots,
    So sad, People have to wake up and realise This Virus is bad, People may recover from it but then, it is passed on to Somewhere else, it is growing and no matter what, no matter where, .. it is frightening,,,,, People Take Note, follow the guide lines please,

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