Number of coronavirus cases in Turkey tops 150,000
“The number of patients who need intensive care and respiratory support continues to decrease. The number of cases is predictable,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said during his daily update on Monday.
Some 1,158 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing Turkey’s total caseload to 150,593.
Meanwhile, the death toll rose by 31, bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,171.
A further, 1,615 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
More than 111,500 patients have been successfully treated since the outbreak began.
“The role of our days spent at home is very important in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.”
Announcement from the Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital
From May 11, the Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital have resumed normal operations in their, now fully staffed, polyclinics.
All polyclinics are available between 09:00 – 16:00 on weekdays, 09:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays.
Due to patient density in Internal Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics and Pediatrics work between 09:00 – 21:00 on weekdays, 09:00 – 16:00 on Saturdays.
A spokesman from the hospital told Fethiye Times:
“Our hospital is taking all the measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization against the pandemic. In addition, all our units are regularly disinfected and hygienic implementations are applied.”
“As Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital, we would like you to know that we are very attached to the clean hospital principle.”
One last curfew? Turkey sees improved outlook on pandemic
As COVID-19 fatalities drop and number of recoveries increase, Turkey announced another four-day curfew in big cities that is expected to be the last as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced further easing of restrictions.
This weekend’s Muslim holiday of Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid al-Fitr, will be a muted occasion due to the COVID-19 pandemic as Erdoğan announced a nationwide four-day curfew spanning Bayram.
The president said a new curfew will be in place across all 81 provinces from May 23 to May 26 as part of measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic. A three-day holiday to mark Bayram starts on May 24.
Although he announced the new lockdown for all 81 provinces, he was still optimistic as he also rolled out a further lifting of restrictions after a Cabinet meeting Monday.
“Turkey is successfully winning the battle against this outbreak,” Erdoğan said. Indeed, fatalities continue decreasing and the rate of recoveries is climbing. The latest curfew, announced during another curfew that started last weekend, could be the last as the country gradually inches toward a normalization process.
Join in the Turkish National Anthem, İstiklal Marşı
Today is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day (Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve spor Bayramı), a national holiday in Turkey, always celebrated on 19 May.
Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day 2020 joins a long list of activities affected by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to the cancellation of the usual events.
The Turkish National Anthem, İstiklal Marşı, will be broadcast tonight at 19.19 to commemorate Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day. Citizens are invited to sing along from windows and balconies.
For those of you who don’t live near a tannoy system, you can join in with this version on YouTube.
There are now 4,926,435 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,928,330 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 320,891.
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Todays featured image: “A 101-vehicle cortege of the Istanbul Security Directorate took a city tour in Istanbul to celebrate Atatürk’s Youth and Sports Day” DHA Photo