RECOVERIES SURPASS NEW CASES BY MORE THAN DOUBLE.
Recoveries have now surpassed new COVID-19 cases in Turkey by more than double, according to daily figures announced by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Monday.
2,131 people testing positive for the virus. The total number of registered coronavirus cases now stands at 112,261.
Fatalities decreased for the eighth consecutive day to 95, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,900.
The total number of recoveries hit 33,791 as 4,651 patients recuperated, increasing from 3,558 the previous day.
The number of tests performed dropped by a third to 20,143. The total number of tests increased to 918,885.
79 people fined for curfew violations
Fethiye Gerçek reports a total of 79 people in Fethiye were fined a total of 84, 986 TL for violating the four-day curfew over the weekend.
Over the four days, 38 citizens were fined a total of 29, 986 TL in the Gendarmerie District and 41 citizens were fined 55,000 TL in the Police District.
In a statement yesterday, District Governor Muzaffer Şahiner thanked the citizens who complied with the rules.
He said, “If there is a rule, we all have to follow it. When it is not followed, there should be a sanction. We make these decisions according to the general hygiene law. Those who do not follow these rules are fined, the lowest fine is 789 TL and the highest is 3,150 TL. Of course, we do not want anyone to receive a fine in such a period between the rules are not followed, penalties are applied. During this period, very serious duties have fallen on our Police Department, our Gendarmerie, our Vefa Social Support Group colleagues that we have formed in our district, and all our employees in our District Governorate, and our friends in the Social Assistance Foundation.”
Governor Şahiner said, “In Fethiye, the pandemic has stabilized as a result of following the rules. No increase. I thank all the citizens who follow the rules. We will continue to implement the measures.”
Turkey to apply 3-day curfew in 31 provinces starting Friday
Turkey will impose a three-day curfew in 31 provinces from midnight on April 30 to midnight on May 3 as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Turkey marks Labor and Solidarity Day on May 1).
The government circular indicates certain businesses and individuals are exempt from the curfew.
On May 1, 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 May 2 and May 3
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!
The government plans to continue curfews on weekends up until the Ramadan Bayram (Eid al-Fitr).
According to a report in Gerçek Fethiye, curfews will be also applied on Saturdays and Sundays for a further three weeks on 9-10 May, 16 -17 May and 23-24 May.
Over 1,000 expecting plasma to fight virus
In a video conference yesterday, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), Dr Kerem Kınık, said over 1,000 coronavirus patients are hoping to benefit from possible life-saving immune plasma treatment.
567 people across Turkey have donated immune plasma, while 1,066 people are hoping for the plasma treatment.
Turkish Red Crescent distribute masks and disinfectant at Tuesday Market
The Fethiye Branch of the Turkish Red Crescent distributed masks and disinfectant to the citizens at the Tuesday Market today.
Burhanettin Tuna, Head of the Turkish Red Crescent Fethiye Branch, said: “Today, we have distributed gloves, disinfectants and masks in the market place. Turkish Red Crescent has been actively working since the day Coronavirus came to our country. Until now, as we only had a limited number of masks and disinfectant, we were mostly issuing them to citizens aged 65 and over. Two days ago, more masks, gloves and disinfectants arrived and we are distributing the disinfectants to our tradesmen in the marketplace and in the city. We will also distribute the masks to our citizens who come to the market, especially to those without one. Our municipality and other institutions also distribute masks. We are planning to distribute around 5,000 masks and around 1,500 disinfectants.”
Turkish Red Crescent have also received and distributed around 500 food parcels in the area. They are also a member of the Vefa Social Support Group, established by the District Governorate and help to fulfill the requests of citizens over 65 years old.
There are now 3,087,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 935,114 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 212,691.
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Todays featured image: Looking across to Şövalye Island from Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı by Lyn Ward (26 April 2020)