Coronavirus cases in Turkey have reach almost 70,000 with the addition of 4,281 new cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.

Stating that there were 115 more deaths from the coronavirus in the country over the past 24 hours, Koca said on his Twitter account that these new numbers bring the death toll to 1,518.

So far, a total of 5,674 have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

He also said 34,090 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests reaching 477,716.

READ: Coronavirus cases in Turkey reach almost 70,000 with addition of 4,281 new infections

Crews tracking patient contacts break the cycle of outbreak in Turkey

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020
A team tasked with tracking contacts of COVID-19 patients poses outside the headquarters of the public health directorate’s pandemic center in Ankara, Turkey, April 15, 2020. (AA Photo)

“Filyasyon” – A method basically involving putting a halt to the chain of infections by tracking down coronavirus patients and whoever they were in contact with.


Clean Environment, Healthy Fethiye!

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020

First prisoners released from Dalaman and Seydikemer prisons

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020

Turkey released the first batch of prisoners on Wednesday after the parliament ratified a penal reform law to stem the spread of coronavirus in jails. The law was passed on Tuesday by a 270-51 vote.

Some 2,700 prisoners were released from Dalaman and Seydikemer Eşen prisons after necessary procedures by gendarmerie forces. The evacuated convicts underwent health checks, given masks to wear and transported by Metro Turizm buses.

The penal reform law enables house arrest for some inmates over 65, women who have children aged six and under, and sick prisoners who cannot take care of themselves.

The measures will roughly double the number of people of people serving non-custodial sentences from about 45,000 to 90,000.

The law excludes prisoners convicted for sex and drug crimes, first degree murder, violence against women and terror acts.


EasyJet weighs up empty middle seats once coronavirus rules are eased

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020
EasyJet said winter bookings were well ahead of last year. It includes customers who were rebooking flights following the Covid-19 outbreak in recent weeks. Photograph: Paul Marriott/Rex/Shutterstock

EasyJet may keep middle seats empty to follow physical distancing rules once coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted, its chief executive has said.

Johan Lundgren said it was one of the options being explored as the low-cost airline started planning for flights to resume, following the grounding of EasyJet’s entire fleet on 30 March. The chief executive said a drop in passenger demand would make it easier to keep middle seats empty when travel restrictions are eased.

Lundgren said it was too soon to say when flights would be back to normal and how profits would be affected, but he said EasyJet had a dedicated data science team modelling various scenarios.


Transfer options for British Nationals to Istanbul

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020

Source: UKinTurkey

Coming weeks ‘critical’ as Europe’s Covid-19 deaths pass 90,000

The World Health Organization’s European office says despite some “optimistic signs” in some of the countries worst hit by the new coronavirus, the number of cases was rising and approaching one million in the continent alone. “We remain in the eye of the storm,” WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, tells an online news conference, urging countries to put adequate controls in place before easing lockdown restrictions.

READ: Coming weeks ‘critical’ as Europe’s Covid-19 deaths pass 90,000

COVID-19 and lockdown: The unbearable lightness of being home

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When another day stuck at home seems unbearable, take some time to remind yourself of the many important reasons to stay inside. (iStock Photo)

Many of us are realizing that we don’t need much and that having just what we truly want and crave can actually be more fulfilling, thus self-isolation is truly teaching us the lesson that “less is more.”

Have a read of this great article by Leyla Yvonne Ergil​:

COVID-19 and lockdown: The unbearable lightness of being home

Global statistics

The number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million on Wednesday.

There are now 2,108,792 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 526,053 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 137,053.

Source:  Worldometer

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