The virus takes its strength from contact. Let us not give it this chance.” Fahrettin Koca

Another 322 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Turkey in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 786.

In a tweet yesterday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the confirmed cases for Turkey rose by 3,013 to a total of 23,934 with 1,311 remaining in intensive care. 76 more people have died bring the number of fatalities to a total of 501.

161,380 tests have been carried out in Turkey, 12% of which were carried out in the last 24 hours.

Turkey-wide measures are added almost daily, while municipalities take on their own precautions as well.

READ: Significant jump in recoveries from COVID-19 in Turkey, death toll rises to 501

Scientists in Turkey invent kit that multiplies ventilator’s patient capacity, easing COVID-19 health care worries

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
Scientists of Gülhane Medical and Design Production Center (METÜM) work on the ventilator kit, Friday, April 3, 2020. (AA Photo)

Turkish scientists have developed a ventilator apparatus with a 3D printer to provide respiratory assistance to multiple coronavirus patients at the same time for use in intensive care units.

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/scientists-in-turkey-invent-kit-that-multiplies-ventilators-patient-capacity-easing-covid-19-health-care-worries/news

Is a coronavirus treatment on the horizon? Turkey to start testing plasma therapy with survivors’ blood

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
The yellow liquid part of the blood is called the plasma, and it will be used to create an immune response in current patients. (Courtesy of the Turkish Red Crescent)

Pandemic hospitals and Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) health centers across Turkey are gearing up to test if a 100-year-old treatment used to fight off flu and measles outbreaks in the days before humanity had vaccines might just work for COVID-19, too.

Using blood donated by patients who have recovered, medical experts are hoping that the serum therapy, tried more recently against SARS and Ebola, will offer effective treatment for the sick and offer vaccine-like temporary protection for health care workers and those with weak or suppressed immune systems.

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
Fourteen days after a patient shows no symptoms of COVID-19, they can be eligible to donate blood. (Courtesy of the Turkish Red Crescent)
COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
The blood donation process lasts 45 minutes on average. (Courtesy of the Turkish Red Crescent)

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/life/health/is-a-coronavirus-treatment-on-the-horizon-turkey-to-start-testing-plasma-therapy-with-survivors-blood

Young Turkish man volunteers to be among 1st plasma donors

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
The yellow liquid part of the blood is called the plasma, and it will be used to create an immune response in current patients. (Courtesy of the Turkish Red Crescent)

As Turkey starts testing plasma therapy as a possible treatment for COVID-19, a young Turkish man who recovered from the disease has volunteered to be among the first donors.

Fırat Oral, age 29, was admitted to a hospital in southern Izmir with a coronavirus infection on March 23 and recovered from the disease in 12 days after receiving treatment.

“I will be very happy if I am going to help someone to win against that virus. I want to be a donor. My blood will be helping to save someone’s life,” he said.

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/young-turkish-man-volunteers-to-be-among-1st-plasma-donors/news

Surge in recoveries offer hope in Turkey’s struggle to contain virus

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020
Nurses and doctors wave goodbye to two patients who were discharged from the hospital after they recovered from COVID-19, Erzurum, Saturday, March 4, 2020. (AA Photo)

A nearly twofold increase in the number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 raises hopes that the blood and sweat shed by health workers and the precautions have finally begun to pay off, though a steady increase of new cases leaves lingering doubts.

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/surge-in-recoveries-offer-hope-in-turkeys-struggle-to-contain-virus/news

Exemptions to under 20’s curfew announced

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has sent an additional circular to 81 provincial governorships with exceptions to the curfew for young people under 20.

Those who are between the ages of 18-20 ,and who work in public institutions and organizations, who demonstrate that they work regularly in the private sector and seasonal agricultural workers, will be exempt from the curfew. Those who are exempt will have to carry documents that will prove that they are covered by the exemption and present them during inspections. 

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/1820-yas-araliginda-sokaga-cikma-yasagindan-muaf-tutulacaklar-belli-oldu/26448/

New measures quickly adapted in Fethiye markets

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020

Fethiye Municipality have quickly reacted to the latest set of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Fethiye Municipality officers (Zabita) were at Patlangıç market yesterday, checking people were wearing masks in public areas, stalls were 2 meters apart and those shopping were all over 20 years of age

COVID-19 daily round up – Sunday 5 April 2020

Citizens used up numerous bottles of hand sanitizer from the point available during the day. Citizens not wearing masks were warned, however some said they were having a hard time finding a mask.

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/semt-pazarlarinda-yeni-yasaklara-hizli-uyum/26440/

Global statistics

There are now 1,236,963 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 255,619 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 67,253.

Source:  Worldometer

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