Turkey sees fewest new coronavirus cases in nearly 2 months
The total number of coronavirus cases in Turkey rose to 151,615 on Tuesday with 1,022 new infections reported over the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
According to Koca, 28 new fatalities were recorded as well, increasing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to 4,199.
“There is an expected level of decrease in the number of new cases. The number of patients who are in need of intensive care is also decreasing,” he expressed.
Tuesday’s number of new infections marked the lowest Turkey recorded since March 25, just 15 days after the country announced its first confirmed case.
With a decreasing number of new cases and those who recovered making up more than 70% of all cases in the country, the Health Ministry declared the outbreak under control.
Turkey likely to post fastest post-COVID-19 recovery among tourism destinations
In survey carried out by International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF), Turkey came in first on the question of which tourism destinations could recover in the fastest manner after the outbreak.
The estimates by the industry representatives come as Turkey plans for domestic tourism to restart in late May and international tourism to launch in mid-June.
Changes to market days due to 4-day curfew
The markets (pazarları) that are unable to open on the days of the curfew (23-24-25-26 May) will be open as follows:
Thursday 21 May: Patlangıç, Çalıca and Çiftlik
Friday 22 May: Fethiye Friday Market, Çamkoy, Foça(Çalış) and Göcek.
Citizens are reminded to follow the guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus by wearing masks, gloves to handle produce, and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Ministry of Interior circular on 4-day curfew
During the upcoming Ramadan Feast, the Presidential Cabinet have taken additional measures in order to manage the risks that the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak poses in terms of public health.
In light of the suggestions of the Scientific Committee and the experiences gained in the fight against coronavirus, it was decided to apply a four-day curfew in all 81 provinces from Saturday 23 May until Tuesday 26 May 2020.
The Ministry of the Interior have sent a circular with details of the four-day curfew to Turkey’s 81 provincial governorships.
Before the curfew:
On Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, markets, grocery stores, greengrocers, butchers and dried fruits can carry out their business activities until 23:00.
During the curfew:
On Saturday 23 May, people (except those aged 65 and over and 20 and below) will be allowed to go to the nearest markets and grocery stores* for essential items from 10:00 to 17:00
* Refers to stores within walking distance – NOT DRIVING DISTANCE.
All stores are closed on 24-25-26 May.
Restaurants and lokantas are allowed to offer a home delivery service only on Saturday 23 May, Sunday 24 May, Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May for the occasion of the Ramadan Feast.
Relatives can visit graves on Sunday 24 May.
Turkey’s pandemic strategy hinges on hazmat-suited gumshoes
They see themselves as public health detectives, working 24/7 to track the coronavirus’ insidious spread through a country of 83 million, blending door-to-door hoof work with mobile apps, CCTV footage and, if needed, police backup.
Instead of universal coronavirus testing, Turkey has based its pandemic response on partial lockdowns and work by armies of contact tracers, who identify people possibly infected by a COVID-19 patient and seek to stamp out the fire before it consumes a neighborhood, town or region.
Officials from both the Turkish government and the local World Health Organization (WHO) say the tactic has paid off.
Global statistics – global Covid-19 cases pass 5 million
There are now 5,016,742 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 1,979,654 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 325,556.
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