Turkey, bazaar amidst coronavirus pandemic

Concern about the increase in cases of coronavirus in Turkey

Turkey’s Health Minister announced on Monday that coronavirus infections had grown for 5th consecutive day, exceeding 1,500 in one day and increasing the risk of a second wave.

In recent days, health experts and authorities in Turkey have expressed concern about the growing rebound in cases of coronavirus infection in the Eurasian country, raising fears of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic precisely in a time when the economy tries to recover after almost three months practically paralysed.

Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced late Monday that the number of new coronavirus cases detected in the past 24 hours was 1,592, marking the fifth consecutive day that the number of daily infections in Turkey increases. The concern is even greater because health experts had predicted that daily infections would drop to around 500 at the end of May, but they have not stopped growing.

According to the most recent data provided by the minister, between Sunday and Monday there were 18 fatalities due to the virus -3 more than the 15 registered on Sunday- bringing the number of deaths to date by the pandemic to 4,825. Likewise, he pointed out that 722 patients are admitted to intensive care, 291 of them intubated.

“Compared to yesterday (Sunday), our numbers of new infections have increased by 30, while the number of critically ill and intubated patients has increased by 5 and 1, respectively,” confirmed Koca via Twitter, adding that the increase in new cases is especially concentrated in certain areas of the country.

Authorities alert: we must not lower our guard against the virus

“Complacency, or fight? We can stop further spikes in contagion by practising social distance and wearing a mask. We have the power to do it,” wrote the minister, joining voices insisting on the importance of citizens not relaxing the measures; despite this, it is common to see people on the street who do not keep their social distance or do not wear a mask.

The number of daily infections in Turkey had been on a downward curve since the end of April, when fewer than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus were recorded daily. However, in the last 5 days there have been increases of up to 22% in a single day: figures that coincide with the de-escalation process that started on June 1, when most of the travel restrictions were lifted and many business were reopened.