Turkey’s coronavirus death toll reaches 3,520 with 59 new fatalities
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca shared the COVID-19 daily numbers on Twitter on Tuesday noting that the number of intensive care patients keeps falling and the number of recovered cases are on the rise, which shows the measures against the outbreak are proving successful.
According to the latest figures, there were 59 new fatalities over the previous 24 hours bring the death toll to 3,520.
The number of recovered patients hit 73,285 with 1,832 new releases.
5,119 people have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours.
In the same period, over 33,283 additional tests were conducted for a total exceeding 1.2 million.
There are 1,338 intensive care patients in Turkey and 707 patients remain intubated.
COVID-19 pandemic: Turkey inches toward normalization
Speaking after the Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan outlined the country’s normalization schedule but highlighted that it would go ahead “stage by stage.”
Professor İlhami Çelik, a member of the Health Ministry’s Coronavirus Science Board, says Turkey managed to flatten the curve of the peak. “Just like we managed to curb a fast peaking in cases, we will be able to reduce the number of cases. It won’t be all of a sudden but I predict (cases will end) in June,” Çelik told Demirören News Agency (DHA).
Şükrü Akyüz, head of the Istanbul Chamber of Barbers, told DHA that both barbers and customers have to comply with a set of rules when barbershops are reopened. “Customers are required to make an appointment. They have to wear masks when they walk in the shop. Barbers and customers have to sanitize their hands. Barbers will wear masks and will be required to clean and disinfect seats before and after admitting each customer. They will change their aprons every morning and disinfect their tools,” he said. Akyüz also called on the government to ease curfew restrictions for people above the age of 65 and under the age of 20 who work in the industry. “Elderly barbers and their young apprentices can be given a work permit,” he said.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OVER 65’S
Over 65’s will be allowed out on Sunday 10 May between the hours of 11am -3pm. Outings are restricted to “within walking distance” of home only. STAY CLOSE!
Walking on beaches, kordons (promenades), and Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı is NOT ALLOWED as these areas are currently CLOSED TO EVERYONE.
Over 65’s MUST wear a face mask while out walking to protect their health.
Masks are available from the Zabita office located at:
Kesikkapı Mahallesi. Çarşı Caddesi. No: 304
Please ask a family member, friend or neighbour to pick up a mask for you. You will need to provide your name, address and Turkish ID number when collecting your mask so make sure you give this information to your representative.
To avoid congestion at the Zabita office, if possible, arrange for a representative to collect masks for a group of people in an area.
For over 65’s who DO NOT have a representative who can collect a mask for them, David Ismail Jaime will be posting further information on the Corona Caring Fethiye Facebook group later today on how you will be provided with a mask.
Mete Ay welcomes the normalization plan for the tourism sector
Turkey has initiated a partial normalization process as the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic has proven effective and a decline in the number of new infections and deaths is reflected in the figures. Now, an action plan for the tourism sector is set to be implemented to revive the country’s virus-hit industry safely and steadily.
Fethiye Times met with Mete Ay, chairman of the Çalış Tourism Association who welcomed the initiative.
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There are now 3,757,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,258,562 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 259,496.
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Todays featured image: “A Summer Sunday at Çalış Beach” by Lyn Ward