The total number of registered coronavirus cases in Turkey rose to 74,193 as 4,801 more people tested positive for the virus, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Thursday.

So far, a total of 7,089 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

125 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, brings the total number of fatalities to 1,643.

It added that 40,427 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests reaching 518,143.

“We have two strengths: Precaution and treatment. Let’s use them,” Koca added.

READ: Turkey sees 125 more coronavirus deaths as toll rises to 1,643, cases near 75,000

Spider-Man true hero in Turkey’s Antalya amid coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020
Burak Soylu, wearing the Spiderman costume, poses for a photo on a balcony fence after bringing groceries for a couple, who are staying at home due the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Antalya, Turkey, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AA Photo)

With his Spider-man costume, Burak Soylu helps citizens with their groceries and boost morale as the “Stay Home” advisory continues in coronavirus-hit Turkey.

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020
Burak Soylu, wearing the Spiderman costume, picks groceries for citizens, who are staying at home due the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Antalya, Turkey, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AA Photo)


Guidelines for the safe disposal of masks and gloves

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 16 April 2020

Government circular “Covid-19 Precautions in the Management of Personal Hygiene Material Wastes such as Disposable Masks and Gloves” published by the General Directorate of Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

As a result of the above circular, Fethiye Municipality have issued guidelines for the safe disposal of masks and gloves and have provided plastic containers for disposing of used masks and gloves in public institutions, municipal service buildings, disinfectant points and populated areas.

After a three-day waiting period, this waste is classified as domestic waste for disposal.

Please follow the rules below:

– Store your mask, gloves, handkerchiefs and other personal hygiene waste products separately on the balcony in tightly-tied, tear-resistant plastic garbage bags.

– Store this waste in small quantities, preferably on a separate balcony for at least 72 hours

– After 72 hours, you can dispose of these waste bags together with your normal daily garbage.

– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every you come into contact with this waste

Source: Fethiye Belediyesi

No problems with bread during the curfew this weekend

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020

President of Fethiye Chamber of Merchants and Craftsmen, Mehmet Soydemir, has promised there will be no shortage of bread when the town goes into lockdown for a second weekend from midnight tonight.

Short notice of a strict curfew last weekend prompted some last-minute panic buying but, following a meeting between bakeries, traders and senior police officers, registered vehicles will be allowed to tour the streets distributing bread to those who need it.


400 people fined for ignoring coronavirus measures

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020

Police and Jandarma teams across Fethiye have warned a period of grace has ended and those found flouting measures introduced to fight the spread of the coronavirus can expect to be fined.

Fethiye Gerçek reports almost 400 people across the area have already been given financial penalties for not wearing masks, ignoring curfews or guidelines on social distancing.

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020

The stricter stance will continue as the Fethiye region goes into lockdown for a second 48-hour period this weekend.


Extra police on streets from 3pm to midnight

Meanwhile, Haber 48 reports extra patrols will be on the streets from 3pm this afternoon to ensure there is no repeat of the panic-buying which swept the country when the first lockdown was announced a week ago.


The “Mobile Grocer”

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 17 April 2020

Fethiye Municipality are launching a new project – the “Mobile Grocer”

The “Mobile Grocer” will minimise the possible risks associated with buying fruit and vegetables from the local markets, where social distancing is more difficult to manage.

Any greengrocers who would like to be involved are invited to contact Fethiye Municipality on 444 90 82 or ALO 153

Please note, this project is only open to greengrocers and NOT supermarkets.

Source: Fethiye Belediyesi

NATIONAL SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN – how to make a donation

On Monday 30 March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a National Solidarity Campaign to aid the fight against the novel coronavirus, donating his salary for seven months to the initiative.

The aim of the campaign is to provide additional support to low-income people suffering economically due to the measures taken against the spread of the disease.

The first phase of support for 1663 families in Fethiye arrived last week with each receiving 1000TL. The second phase of support for 2500 families was scheduled to arrive this week.

People with Turkish mobiles will receive an SMS asking them to make a donation of 10TL. If you haven’t received an SMS and would like make a donation, TEXT KORONA to 8119.

If you would like to make a larger donation you can do so via bank transfer.

Below are the bank account details for donations in TL, Euros, USD (ABD Doları) via IBAN or Swift Code.

Global statistics 

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

There are now 2,207,489 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 558,440 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 148,696.

Source:  Worldometer

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