People in Istanbul with masks due to coronavirus

Turkey will deliver to its citizens 5 masks for free every week

The measure will not apply to those under 20 and over 65, who are prohibited from going outside. The rate of increase in coronavirus infections in Turkey decreased on Sunday for 5th day in a row.

The Turkish government will distribute free facial masks to each citizen through the national postal system, following the latest measures imposed to curb coronavirus infections, including the obligation to wear masks in public transportation and public spaces.

It will be the national postal and telegraph company (PTT) that will be in charge of distributing the masks to citizens who request it through the PTT’s online shopping platform (ePttAVM.com), according to a decision taken on Sunday by the Ministries of Transport and Infrastructure, and of Health.

In this way, each Turkish citizen who makes an application will receive a pack of 5 masks each week, at the postal address indicated, completely free of charge. However, these free packs can not be requested by people under the age of 20 or over the age of 65, who have been prohibited by government’s order from going outside.

Hopeful news about the coronavirus

According to the latest data on the disease of COVID-19 presented on Sunday night by the Turkish Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, more than 181,000 tests have been carried out to date in Turkey, 20,000 of them in the last 24 hours alone, and 3,135 of them were positive, which means that the number of infected persons detected now amounts to 27,069, while the deceased now total 574.

Koca also wanted to offer hopeful data in his appearance on Sunday; for example, he pointed out that 1,042 patients have already been discharged after being admitted to hospitals. At the same time, 1,381 remain in intensive care units.

In addition, the daily growth rate of new coronavirus cases continues to fall and was at its lowest level on Sunday since last week, which could indicate that Turkey is close to reach the peak of the contagion curve. Specifically, if the rate of daily contagion increase was 25% on March 31, on April 1 it fell to 15.9%, to 15.7% on April 2, to 15.4% on April 3, to 14 , 4% on April 4, and to 13.1% on Sunday, April 5.