The death rate of coronavirus patients continued to fall in Turkey on Wednesday, as the number of recoveries hit 5,231 with 89 new losses.
Turkey on Wednesday confirmed 89 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 3,081.
The total number of registered coronavirus cases in the country increased to 117,589 as 2,936 more people tested positive for the virus, Turkey’s Ministry of Health announced in a statement.
A further 5,321 people recovered from the virus bringing the total number of recoveries to 44,022.
It added that 43,498 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests reaching 991,613.
Turkey is currently treating 1,574 patients in intensive care units.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also said in a press conference on Wednesday that the death rate of coronavirus patients in intensive care units has fallen from 58% to 10%.
He added that Turkey has 5,849 filiation units currently on duty, these units have detected 468,390 people in the contact chain of COVID-19 patients.
“This success does not mean that we will give up on measures but cling to them instead. We will continue measures throughout this month,”
A total of 7,428 health workers have been infected, he added.
Turkey sees peak point of COVID-19 outbreak
Turkey is at the peak point of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said in a statement yesterday.
“I can say that we are at the peak period, but we are seeing a fall in the number of cases” he said at a press conference, adding that risk of a new wave is possible if the current measures are not followed. “But such a thing cannot happen with these measures.”
We will to adhere to these measures throughout May, he noted.
“The issue of whether our adults over the age of 65 can go out for short walks (without using a vehicle) for a few hours is on our agenda. We talked about it, but no decision has been made yet” he said.
Turkey ranks third worldwide in supplying medical aid
A Turkish military plane carrying medical supplies landed in the US on Tuesday to support the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic as it reported over one million confirmed cases.
Turkey is the third biggest supplier of medical aid worldwide amid the coronavirus outbreak, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said.
The country also provides the largest amount of humanitarian aid in the world, he said.
Three-day curfew curfew starts at midnight
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.
Global statistics – over one million people have recovered from the virus
There are now 3,245,791 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,016,446 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 229,220.
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Todays featured image: “Looking across Fethiye Bay” by Lyn Ward (26 April 2020)