The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey is now 56,956, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Sunday.
The number of fatalities rose by 97 to 1,198.
481 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours.
“We have a decrease in the number of intubated patients,” Koca said in a tweet, adding that more tests lead to more diagnoses and quarantines.
“This struggle is to be won by staying at home,” he warned.
24,088 face legal proceedings for breaking weekend curfew
A 48-hour curfew was imposed this weekend across 31Turkish provinces to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Interior Ministry said on Sunday evening that 24,088 people face legal proceedings for not complying with the curfew.
The curfew was lifted at midnight on Sunday.
Weekend markets moved to Monday
The curfew over the weekend meant that the markets normally held on Saturday and Sunday had to be postponed.
Patlangıç, Çalıca, Çamköy, Foça and Göcek markets took place today (Monday) and shoppers stocking up on fruit and veg noticed that the produce was no longer in plastic bags.
As a result of some market traders putting rotten fruit and vegetables in the bags, customers are now provided with gloves by the market tradesmen and can choose their own produce.
Istanbul and Ankara introduce new transport rules
Turkey’s two largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, started the week with new measures for public transport aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
As part of the new regulations introduced by the city’s governor’s offices, commuters and drivers in Istanbul are all required to wear protective face masks during the trip. Passengers are not allowed to use public transport unless they have face masks on.
Some drivers for metrobuses wear protective gowns.
According to the new rules, sanitizers are installed on all public transport vehicles and at all stops.
Turkish volunteers join forces to help overwhelmed health care staff
“İmece” is a well-known Turkish tradition especially in villages where people come together for collective collaboration to help others in the community.
A website going by the name of this concept brings together volunteers from around Turkey to help the new heroes of the country: health care workers. As they work tirelessly against the COVID-19 pandemic and to help the outbreak’s victims, imece.biz gives a platform to more than 300 volunteers to help doctors, nurses and others overwhelmed with work.
They do everything to help, from finding babysitters for health care staff’s children separated from their overworked parents to shopping for doctors and nurses.
There are now 1,874,771 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 435,332 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 116,332.
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