Istanbul, İstiklal Avenue during the pandemic

Turkey to announce new measures to curb coronavirus infections

In the last 24 hours, 1,815 new coronavirus infections have been registered and another 72 died from COVID-19.

Turkey’s government is planning to impose new measures across the country to curb coronavirus infections in line with steps already being taken in other European countries, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

As reported in Turkish media, in a circular sent to the governors of the country’s 81 provinces, the ministry underlines the importance of ensuring isolation and social distancing measures, hygiene, use of masks and other measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry adds that after assessing the situation of the pandemic in Turkey, new decisions have been made by the Ministry of Health and the President of the Republic, Tayyip Erdoğan, and notes that expert committees will meet in the coming days, after which the new measures will be announced, although for now without specifying any date for said announcement.

1,815 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours

The latest data published by the Ministry of Health indicates that in the last 24 hours, 1,815 new coronavirus infections have been detected in Turkey and 72 new deaths, which marks a new increase in the number of positive cases detected. In fact, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca criticised the images of Istanbul’s central İstiklal Avenue crowded with walkers, many of them without wearing a mask.

“Anyone who walks into this crowd will get sick. İstiklal Avenue had some images on Sunday that make one less optimistic. If it weren’t for a few people wearing a mask, one couldn’t possibly remember that there is a pandemic,” Koca said. “Let’s avoid the crowds unless necessary,” he added.

In addition to insisting especially on the need to wear masks to stop coronavirus infections, the Turkish Minister of Health nevertheless repeated that the government is not planning new curfews against the COVID-19 pandemic for now. Regarding the reopening of the universities, the minister told the media that the reopening will be gradual and depending on the evolution of the virus.