Turkey’s daily COVID-19 death toll drops to 57

Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed the latest COVID-19 figures in his daily update on Twitter on Thursday.

The daily death toll dropped to 57 as the total number of fatalities hits 3,641.
There were 1,977 new cases, taking the total number of cases to 133,721.

4,782 people have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours.

The number of people in intensive care units also dropped again to 1,260 with 665 patients remaining intubated.

In the same period, over 30,395 additional tests were conducted.

Turkey has tested almost 1.5 million citizens for the virus, the minister added.

The minister said following a Coronavirus Science Board meeting on Wednesday, that Turkey has completed the first phase of its fight against the pandemic, adding that the country will adapt to a “new normal.”

“The pandemic is under control but the realities of the virus have not changed. Your homes remain the safest place against the virus.”




Mayor Karaca, “There are 21 positive cases in Fethiye”

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 08 May 2020

In a press release yesterday, Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca talked about the numbers of COVID-19 positive patients in the area and how Fethiye should continue the fight against the virus.

In his statement, the Mayor confirmed there has been a total of 21 positive cases in Fethiye and a total of 247 positive cases across Muğla.

He went on to say, “The number of cases is stabilizing and if we continue to take precautions and follow the hygiene rules, we could see an end to the 21 positive cases in one month and save our district from this virus.”

“So far, we have distributed 140 thousand masks to our citizens. We will distribute 70 thousand masks in the coming days”

Speaking about the lifting of the travel restrictions and weekend curfews, the mayor said:

“I believe that the curfew should continue for another month and we wanted the city entrances to be blocked until the end of the May holiday. Entries from metropolitan areas to our district are risky and our citizens should be very careful.”

“We want the curfew to be implemented again by our government after this week.”

Mayor Karaca touched on tourism saying,“Our tourism stakeholders and business owners are in a difficult situation. We reassured our citizens at the recent Extraordinary Assembly Meeting. We postponed solid waste, rents, and occupation fees. We made a promise that we will support our people and craftsmen and we will continue to support them.”

“All inspections currently in place will continue”

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/baskan-karaca-fethiyede-21-pozitif-vaka-var/27219/?fbclid=IwAR0_gFoDcFzq-4JRtYVNknXa6TJ4Zg_Z-jrXVlWphVR7TwtUD3JwNRUErBs

Barbers and hairdressers happy to be back in business after 50-days

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 08 May 2020

Barbershops and hairdressers across Turkey will reopen next week after a 50-day hiatus as part of the country’s measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Interior Ministry issued guidelines ahead of the expected opening of barbershops and beauty salons from May 11.

The shops will operate on an appointment only basis, customers will have to sit apart from each other, and both clients and stylists will be required to wear masks.

Barbers will be allowed to cut hair but shaving at the barbershop is banned until the outbreak ends.

Only half the number of seats at the shop will be occupied at a time.

Requests have been sent to municipalities regarding disinfection of all barbershops and hairdressers before the reopening.

Seats will be disinfected after catering to a customer and equipment will be sterilized. Instead of cloth towels, he said, they will use anti-bacterial wipes.

Barbers are expected not to raise prices.

10 teams from Fethiye Municipality are currently disinfecting registered barbers and hairdressers to enable them to start serving from Monday.




UK confirms PPE sent by Turkish officials meets standards

COVID-19 daily round up – Friday 08 May 2020

A UK government statement confirmed earlier comments on Thursday by Turkish officials that PPE sent by Ankara had met all safety expectations.

Some media reports claimed that a large sum of gowns purchased by a private company were labelled as not meeting British standards.

A UK government statement confirmed earlier comments on Thursday by Turkish officials that PPE sent by Ankara had met all safety expectations.

The statement said that since a private company was unable to fill the order for medical supplies, the Turkish government stepped in and provided 68,000 PPE. 

“All of the PPE provided by the Turkish authorities had passed the quality tests,” the statement added.

UK’s ambassador to Turkey, Dominick Chilcott, in a tweet also said the claims circulating on British media on Turkey provided PPE being unusable are untrue and the equipment “are suitable for use in the NHS.”

READ: UK confirms PPE sent by Turkish officials meets standards

Fethiye’s Tribute to VE Day

Today, people across the UK have marked the 75th anniversary of VE day amid the coronavirus pandemic.

READ: VE Day celebrations: The UK marks 75th anniversary

Many of you may remember the Remembrance Day service that took place outside the Municipality office in Hisarönü.

The service was arranged and led by local resident Tony Benham with daughter Mia who translated the service into Turkish.

READ: A day of remembrance for Fethiye

Here in Fethiye, Mia recorded her own tribute to VE day.

Global statistics 

There are now 3,950,798 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,359,728 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 271,809.

Source:  Worldometer

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Todays featured image: “Looking across the bay towards Fethiye” by Lyn Ward