“The only safe place is home”
New daily infections totaled 1,704, increasing the total caseload to 141,475, while the death toll rose by 53 to 3,894 Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Tuesday in his coronavirus update
“The increase in the number of new cases is within predictable limits. 70% of all cases have recovered. The number of patients in intensive care continues to decrease,” Koca said.
As many as 37,351 tests were performed in the country over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests to over 1.4 million, he added.
The number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 has approached 100,000 as 3,109 more patients beat the disease in the last 24 hours.
The number of patients in Turkey in intensive care and in need of ventilators continues to fall, he added.
Istanbulites flock to seasides, picnic despite prohibitions
Many citizens were seen picnicking and strolling along the seaside in Istanbul’s Kartal district despite prohibitions imposed by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As outdoor temperatures started to warm up, people flocked to the coast of Kartal, located on the Asian side of Istanbul, despite the ban. Some of the rule-breakers wore masks, while numerous were seen without having protective attire. Peddlers also mobilized to sell their products.
Last week, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and experts from the country’s Coronavirus Science Board issued fresh warnings to citizens to not let their guards down against the COVID-19 pandemic after photos of heavy traffic jams and flocks of pedestrians were sighted across Turkey’s busiest cities.
The minister issued his warning as he shared a photo of gridlock taken in Istanbul’s historic Eminönü district on Thursday.
Over 100 coronavirus infections across Turkey caused by those visiting homes to offer condolence
In a tragic twist of irony, house visits taken to offer loved ones condolence in the Turkish provinces of Sakarya and Van have led to at least 101 new infections of the coronavirus, with a handful of neighborhoods across four cities coming under quarantine in response.
As Turkey has seen a decline in the number of fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic, authorities have moved to ease restrictions.
Although officials have constantly warned citizens to abide by the rules of hygiene and social distancing, warming weather and simple need has led to slacking off for some.
A member professor of the Coronavirus Science Board, Tevfik Özlü, has recently warned citizens about the risk of infection.
“Figures are getting better. But whenever we say this, I don’t know why people get us wrong. It is utterly wrong to read declining figures as ‘everything is back to normal.’ Yes, from now on we will go out more, but if we really have to. People tend to rush to the streets the minute curfew is over. We have to keep this willingness to socialize at a minimum. The only safe place is home,”
Correction from Muğla Governorate on over 65’s outing on 17 May
ver 65’s and those with chronic illnesses or underlying health conditions, will be allowed to leave their homes, remaining within walking distance and wearing masks, on May 17 between the hours of:
*** 11:00 and 15:00***
For everyone else, except in case of emergency, let’s #StayHome to allow our citizens to enjoy their time outside safely.
African heat wave expected to sweep Turkey
Please bear in mind that temperatures over the weekend will be above seasonal averages across most of the country due to the hot weather coming in from North Africa.
Make sure you wear sunscreen and remember to take water to stay hydrated as cafes and restaurants remain closed.
The beaches are also still closed to everyone.
Fethiye Municipality surprises nurses with flowers
Fethiye Municipality celebrated World Nurses’ Day yesterday by presenting flowers to nurses at Fethiye Devlet, Esnaf and Letoon hospitals.
The flowers were organized by Fethiye Mayor, Alim Karaca and delivered by police teams.
The nurses working in the hospitals thanked Karaca for not forgetting their day.
There are now 4,374,889 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,622,069 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 294,412.
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Todays featured image: “Gendarmarie stand guard after a neighborhood in Van was quarantined, May 11, 2020” courtesy of Daily Sabah