Turkey reports 55 coronavirus deaths, 1,114 new cases
According to the latest coronavirus numbers from Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Monday, the number of patients who have recovered from the virus make up two-thirds of the country’s total COVID-19 cases.
55 more people died from the virus over the previous 24 hours bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,841.
The confirmed number of new cases of infection continued to decline for another day to 1,114.
Currently, there are 139,771 confirmed cases in the country with 95,780 of them having recovered.
Since April 22, the number of new cases has been on the decline, dropping from a peak of 5,138 on April 11 to 1,114 on Monday.
With fewer new cases came more recoveries. According to the Health Ministry’s latest coronavirus numbers, 3,089 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Koca, along with other experts, has repeatedly warned citizens in the past that the easing of measures did not mean the threat of the virus was over; but rather meant the beginning of a new lifestyle to which citizens would have to adapt.
Turkey lifts travel restrictions for 9 more cities
President Erdoğan outlined the easing of measures and plans for this week following a Cabinet meeting in Istanbul on Monday.
Turkey will impose a four-day curfew in the following 15 provinces from midnight on May 15 until midnight on May 19:
Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van and Zonguldak.
The curfew WILL NOT be applied in Muğla.
People over 65 years will be allowed to leave their homes, remaining within walking distance and wearing masks, on May 17 between the hours of 11:00 and 17:00.
Update on getting masks for those that are 65 or older or those with chronic conditions for this week.
- If you received masks last week, please reuse those if possible. For those that did not get a mask last week or are unable to reuse the masks you have, here are your options:If you have someone that is able to go to the Zabita and pick up masks for you, this is the easiest route. They can go to the main office in Fethiye which is here: https://goo.gl/maps/gFD8MC2BvL9qKJzJA OR they can go to the office that is located at the Ölüdeniz Belediyesi (at the entrance of Hisaronu) which is here: https://goo.gl/maps/owd5Fj19ZjQxcDhd7
- If you do not have someone that can pick up a mask for you, please click on the link below and fill out the form. https://forms.gle/hqHzC2h5Ueqi2kyu9 (please fill out 1 for each person). We will coordinate to deliver masks before Sunday.
Source: David Jaime – Corona Caring Fethiye
A thank you to Fethiye Zabita
We would like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Sadık bey and Fethiye Zabita for their support with issuing masks to the over 65’s in readiness for their outing on Sunday.
The over 65’s, and those with an underlying illness, were allowed out for the first time since the curfew began on 21 March.
They were told they must wear a mask for their health and safety. Many of this population didn’t have masks as they have been under curfew and not allowed out for anything, which raised the question on the logistics of getting masks to everyone, particularly those who don’t have anyone to shop for them and rely upon such groups as Corona Caring Fethiye or the Vefa Social Support Group.
The issue was picked up by David Jaime from Corona Caring Fethiye and, with the help of members of the Fethiye Zabita team, spent the preceding days collating requests and delivering masks.
David told Fethiye Times
“Because of the Zabita team, we were able to deliver around 65 masks into the hands of the “high risk” expat community over the last 3 days.“
“They delivered around 50, a lady delivered 1 in Dalaman, and I delivered 14. Not to mention the countless ones they gave to people who picked them up from the office for others.“
“And they were SO great to work with! Never complained when I gave them more names or followed up about people that got missed“
“One lady messaged me a short while ago about not getting her mask. I messaged them and 20 mins later she had it!”
On behalf of David and all those who received personal delivery of a mask, a massive thank you.
Our thanks were picked up by the local press who published an article in Gerçek Fethiye: https://gercekfethiye.com/fethiyede-yerlesik-yabancilardan-tesekkur–superstars/27363/
Turkey sets standards for washable face masks
Still on the subject on masks, Turkey has set the standards for the production of washable cloth masks, an important step amid the coronavirus normalization process.
The Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), which published the new regulations on its website late Monday, said Turkey was the third country in the world to do so.
Mask fabric will be developed from synthetic or natural fibers and can be produced by weaving, knitting, knitwear or non-woven textile methods.
A price will be determined for these reusable masks and sales will be allowed, he said, adding that the products have huge export potential.
Last week, Ankara set a price limit of a maximum of 1 Turkish lira ($0.14) for disposable face masks, which are already being sold in markets and pharmacies.
There are now 4,287,044 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,544,670 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 288,238.
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