Turkey reports 47 daily coronavirus deaths, 1,542 new cases
“Let’s continue our struggle seriously, without loosening up. Our number of recovered patients will soon reach 100,000 people. Our number of deaths, our number of cases will gradually decrease. Isn’t it worth a little bit more devotion?”– Fahrettin Koca.
Turkey reported 47 daily deaths from COVID-19 and 1,542 new cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Sunday.
The total number of active coronavirus cases in Turkey has dropped to 42,180, Koca said on Twitter.
The number of recovered coronavirus patients in Turkey reached 92,691 on Sunday with 3,211 additions in the past 24 hours, Koca said.
Over the past 24 hours, 36,187 tests for COVID-19 were performed across the country, he added.
The total COVID-19 death toll in Turkey is now 3,786, while 138,657 cases have been confirmed.
Shopping Malls, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons open for business
Erasta AVM, barbers and hairdressers opened for business again this morning.
Strict social distancing measures are in place to continue to curb the spread of the virus.
The opening hours are 11:00 to 19:00. There is a queueing system at the entrance and thermal scans are carried out on everyone entering.
Zen Kuaför is also open for business, with staff and customers wearing masks and hair stations meeting social distancing guidelines.
Turkey Plans Half a Million Antibody Tests to Fight Outbreak
Turkey plans to conduct over half a million coronavirus antibody tests to help monitor and contain the spread of the outbreak, according to an official familiar with the matter.
The nation’s state-run statistics agency has randomly selected 150,000 households — or about one in every 165 — for the tests, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The one-month program begins in two weeks and will improve data on who has already been exposed, said Ates Kara, a member of Turkey’s Science Board, which advises the government on coronavirus measures.
Figuring out what percentage of the population may have been infected by the virus is critical in determining how soon governments can reopen their economies without causing a spike in cases.
Ankara initiates phone diplomacy for tourism
Whilst a normalization plan for tourism is being implemented in Turkey which includes virus-free certification for hotels and transfer companies, the country will carry out a phone diplomacy with around 70 countries to relaunch air traffic in a bid to bring tourists to Turkey starting from June.
The Turkish Health Ministry is planning to establish COVID-19 test centers at tourist destination airports Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir, Dalaman, Bodrum, Antalya and Gazipaşa, as well as at the border gates, said Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.
All the people will be tested on arrival to the country starting from June.
Social distance is new normal
The coronavirus outbreak is not over yet and preventive measures will continue to be taken in the second phase of the emergency response, said a top doctor in Turkey.
Speaking about Turkey’s steps to ease lockdown measures starting Monday, Dr. Selma Metintas, who is a a member of the country’s Coronavirus Science Council, said one has to maintain social distance.
“Everywhere we go, we have to continue observing social distance. Social distance is the new normal. Even though malls will reopen, we shouldn’t allow dense crowds, and be in them. We need to wash hands frequently, that is also our new normal,” Metintas said.
Reiterating the importance of using face masks, the doctor said we can use cloth masks in our daily lives, but if we are going to a hospital, or will be in contact with someone with COVID-19, we should use medical masks.
Carrying disinfectants, colognes, and refraining from touching our face should also be our daily routine from now on, she added.
Global statistics – more than four million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported around the world
There are now 4,218,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,506,663 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 284,748.
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Todays featured image: “Erasta AVM – open for business” by Lyn Ward