Coronavirus pandemic in Istanbul

Coronavirus cases fall by 40% in Istanbul

Arnavutköy, Avcılar and Beyoğlu are the districts of Istanbul where coronavirus infections have decreased the most.

The number of coronavirus cases in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey with about 16 million inhabitants, has fallen by 40% in the last week, as announced yesterday by the governor of the province Ali Yerlikaya, who also offered data on the places where the contagions have decreased the most.

As Yerlikaya explained through Twitter, there is a continuous drop in the number of coronavirus positives in the Turkish metropolis, being the peripheral districts of Arnavutköy and Avcılar, together with the central district of Beyoğlu, where the infections are falling faster. All of them are located on the European shore of Istanbul.

At the end of October, the Turkish authorities expressed their alarm over the 85% increase in coronavirus infections in Istanbul, with the districts of Büyükçekmece, Sarıyer, Bakırköy and Beylikdüzü being the most affected. The increase in positives led the Turkish government to impose a curfew on weekdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in December, while during the weekend it is forbidden to go outside from 9 a.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. on Monday.

Despite the improvement in the coronavirus situation in Istanbul, Turkey is concerned about the consequences of the new coronavirus strain detected in the United Kingdom, which has led Ankara to suspend flights with that country after the British government recognised that the new variant of the coronavirus, which is 70% more contagious, is “out of control” and already accounts for 60% of new cases.