The number of Turkish people who succumbed to the novel coronavirus has jumped to 812, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said in a tweet late Wednesday.

The number of total cases also surged, reaching 38,226 from Tuesday’s toll of 34,109.

Koca urged people to abide by the rules of self-isolation and emphasized the importance of staying home amid the pandemic.

However, the number of people who recovered from the disease raised hopes as it topped 1,846.

Daily coronavirus infections in Turkey – the world’s ninth-worst hit country by the number of active cases – have risen for the ninth consecutive day.

READ: Turkey coronavirus death toll jumps to 812 while cases top 38,226

Second person dies of COVID-19 in Fethiye

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 9 April 2020

A second person has died of COVID-19 in Fethiye.

British national Jayne Kathleen Hunt, a 73-year-old who has lived in the Çalış area of Fethiye for approximately 15 years, was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Fethiye State Hospital where she tested positive for COVID-19. Jayne suffered with an underlying, respiratory condition.

Her husband, Jack, was also quarantined for testing.

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/fethiyede-coronadan-ikinci-olum/26561/

Turkey to track citizens via mobile phones to enforce quarantines

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 9 April 2020

According to a report by Reuters, Turkey will monitor the mobile phones of those diagnosed with the new coronavirus to ensure they do not break quarantine, authorities said on Wednesday, marking the latest measure to stem an outbreak that has surged over the last month.

Turkey will start tracking citizens and send them a message and call them each time they leave their homes, the presidency’s Communications Directorate said.

They will be asked to return home and police will penalise those who continue to violate quarantine rules, it said, adding that Turkish law allows for processing of personal data without consent for “exceptional aims”.

READ: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-turkey-phones/turkey-to-track-citizens-via-mobile-phones-to-enforce-quarantines-idUSKBN21Q1ZY

Coronavirus hits districts unevenly in large Turkish provinces

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 9 April 2020

A map released recently by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca shows that the distribution of the coronavirus cases across the country and within provinces highly differ.

The total number of cases has surpassed 38,000, with the death toll exceeding 800, according to the latest data.

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with a population of around 16 million, accounts for nearly 60 percent of all confirmed cases. İzmir, a province on the Aegean coast, comes second with 1,500 cases, followed by the capital Ankara with 1,000 cases.

READ: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/coronavirus-hits-districts-unevenly-in-large-turkish-provinces-153711

Convalescent plasma therapy useful in treating COVID-19

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 9 April 2020

The aim of convalescent plasma therapy is to take antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from a virus and transfer them to a treat a person sick with the virus.

READ: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/health/convalescent-plasma-therapy-useful-in-treating-covid-19/1797975

What to do if you think have Coronavirus

What to do if you think have Coronavirus?

Update from Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital

If you attend the Esnaf and are found to be positive for COVID-19 and have a Turkish ID number (including 99 ID’s), you will be categorized as an emergency and WILL NOT have to pay for treatment, regardless of whether you have SGK or not.

READ: What to do if you think have Coronavirus

China’s Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown, millions hit streets, airports, train stations

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 9 April 2020
A medical worker from Jilin province tears up during a ceremony as Tianhe Airport is reopened in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (AFP Photo)

After more than two months indoors, millions of Wuhan residents are now enjoying a renewed sense of freedom after the Chinese city’s 76-day coronavirus lockdown was lifted on Wednesday. A tentative light at the end of the tunnel…

READ: https://www.dailysabah.com/world/asia-pacific/chinas-wuhan-ends-76-day-lockdown-millions-hit-streets-airports-train-stations

Global statistics

There are now 1,536,216 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 340,188 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 89,898.

Source:  Worldometer

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