Turkey’s coronavirus death toll hits 2,140 as cases near 91,000
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the latest coronavirus numbers for Turkey on Twitter on Monday:
- The total number of registered coronavirus cases rose to 90,980 as 4,674 more people tested positive for the virus,
- There were 123 more fatalities over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,140.
- So far, a total of 13,430 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, including 1,454 patients on Monday.
- 39,703 tests were conducted over the past day, with the total number of tests reaching 673,98
Turkey plans to impose 4-day curfew this week
Turkey plans to extend the weekend curfew this week in 31 provinces as part of measures against the coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.
Starting on Thursday, April 23, which is a public holiday commemorating the foundation of Turkish parliament, Turkey will impose curfew in 31 provinces to contain the spread of the virus.
Turkey observes the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23 every year. This year marks the centennial of the Grand National Assembly.
The curfew will end at midnight on April 26.
4-DAY CURFEW 23 – 26 APRIL 2020 – FURTHER INFORMATION
Turkey will impose a four-day curfew in 31 provinces beginning from midnight on April 22 to midnight on 26 April as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The government circular indicates certain businesses and individuals are exempt from the curfew.
The working hours of markets and grocery stores will be extended to 8 a.m.-11 p.m. on April 21-22 due to the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
On April 23 and April 24, people will be allowed to go to the nearest markets and grocery stores* for essential items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Refers to stores within walking distance – NOT DRIVING DISTANCE.
Markets and grocery stores will be closed on April 25 and 26.
MUĞLA PROVINCE HYGIENE COUNCIL EXCEPTIONS
The Muğla Province Hygiene Council, have announced the following exceptions to the curfew, in addition to the circular from the Ministry of Internal Affairs,
Employees working in newspaper distribution to our citizens through newspaper distribution companies
b) Farmers and shepherds engaged in cattle / sheep and goat breeding
c) People with pets (dogs, cats, etc.) can take them out – ONLY IN FRONT OF THEIR DOORS – to meet their needs and citizens who want to feed the animals in the shelters.
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS EXCEPTIONS
BUSINESS EXCEPTIONS TO THE CURFEW
Bakery and / or bakery licensed workplaces where bread production is carried out.
b) Workplaces where all health products and medical materials (including medical masks) are produced.
c) Public and private health institutions and organizations, pharmacies
d) Public institutions and organizations required for the maintenance of compulsory public services (nursing home, elderly care home, rehabilitation centers, emergency call centers, etc.)
e) Fuel station and veterinary clinics to be determined by governorships / district governorships, one for each 50,000 inhabitants
f) Large facilities and businesses operating strategically in the natural gas, electricity and petroleum sectors (such as Tüpraş, thermal and natural gas conversion plants)
g) PTT, Cargo, etc. distribution companies
h) Animal shelter, farm and care centers
INDIVIDUALS EXEMPT FROM THE CURFEW
Managers, officers or employees of the “Open Office, Business and Institutions” included in the heading (2) of this circular
b) TBMM employees (Grand National Assembly of Turkey)
c) Those who are in charge of ensuring public order and security
d) Employees of emergency call centers
e) Those who will perform and participate in funeral burials of their first degree relatives
f) Electricity, water, natural gas, telecommunications etc. Those who are in charge of maintaining supply systems that should not be interrupted and dealing with malfunctions
g) Those who are in charge of domestic and international transportation in logistics for the transportation of products and /or materials
h) Those working in newspaper, radio and television organizations
Elderly nursing home, nursing home, rehabilitation centers, children’s homes etc. employees of social protection/care centers
j) PTT, cargo and water distribution company employees
k) Iron and steel industry, etc. establishments operating in the sectors, such as ovens, cold storage, etc.
l) Workers in the agricultural and livestock industry where products are at risk of spoiling
m) Vehicles and employees involved in the distribution of bread produced in bakeries – BAKERY VANS ARE MAKING DELIVERIES IN THE AREA
n) Those who have an appointment for blood and plasma donation under the coordination of the Turkish Red Crescent
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL CITIZENS, OTHER THAN THE EXCEPTIONS SPECIFIED, STAY IN THEIR HOMES!
Sources: Ministry of the Interior/Muğla Metropolitan Municipality
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Questions and Answers on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Q: Can communal pools on private complexes be filled and used?
On March 16, 2020 the Ministry of Interior and Presidency of Religious Affairs announced measures to be taken in the fight against Coronavirus. This article refers to the closure of public swimming pools.
Read more here: https://www.iletisim.gov.tr/…/ministry-of-interior-and-pres…
There are no restrictions on the filling and use of communal pools on private complexes.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools or hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. – Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
N.B. Appropriate care must be taken both in and outside the pool with social distancing measures maintained at all times.
This information is correct as of 21 April 2020.
Turkey signals relaxing virus measures in June
President Erdoğan and experts on the Coronavirus Science Board said restrictions and measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus could be relaxed by June as the number of new cases appears to have flatlined.
In line with the president’s words, a member of the country’s Coronavirus Science Board also said summer could mark the beginning of a return to normalcy but for different reasons.
Speaking to Turkish daily Hürriyet, professor Ateş Kara, said the restrictions on daily life could be partially relaxed at the beginning of June as scientists believed the infection rate would fall during the summer.
But the professor warned that scenes of packed beaches or pool sides were unlikely to be seen this year.
“Initial findings of the virus being affected by heat were previously published. The virus will be affected by heat, at least to some degree. We shouldn’t hope the summer would be similar to last year. You won’t be able to come together at beaches. The virus will continue to exist, but its infectiousness will decrease during the summer,” Kara said.
Kara also said there were no scientific findings showing that the virus could infect someone in the pool or sea.
There are now 2,510,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 660,016 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 172,772.
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