COVID-19 Turkey Update #7
LATEST STATUS: 08.05.2020 (10:00 CET)
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Current Disease Statistics: There are currently 133,721 confirmed cases and 3,641 deaths in Turkey. 60% of cases are in Istanbul. 1,338 patients in ICU, 707 of which are connected to a ventilator. 82,984 patients have recovered. 1,265,421 tests have been performed so far.
Turkey’s number of daily cases and death, also ICU patient numbers drop gradually.
According to the information received from the hospitals’ number of applications to the ER has also significantly decreased.
WHAT RESTRICTIONS ARE CURRENTLY APPLIED?
06.05.2020: The previously performed weekend lockdowns continue. Four previous consecutive weekends were locked.
Lockdown on May 09 and 10 in following cities with exemptions for certain work fields: Adana, Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Mardin, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van and Zonguldak.
04.05.2020: After the cabinet meeting, President announced new steps for post-coronavirus normalization. Travel restrictions were lifted between 7 cities including Antalya, Aydin, Erzurum, Hatay, Malatya, Mersin, and Mugla. For the rest 24 cities* restrictions will remain for 15 more days.
*24 cities where restriction on entry and exit are still applicable: Adana, Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Mardin, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van and Zonguldak.
Elementary type lockdown on people below 20 & above 65 years of age and those suffering from chronic illness continue since 10th of April. This week, there will be limited permission to leave home on the following days based on the age group:
- People above 65 years of age will be allowed to leave their homes on Sunday, May 10, for a few hours between 11:00 – 15:00 within walking distance and wearing face masks.
- Children at the age of 14 and under 14 will be allowed to leave their homes on Wednesday, May 13 for a few hours between 11:00 – 15:00 within walking distance and wearing face masks.
- Children between 15 and 20 years of age will be allowed to leave their homes on Friday, May 15 between 11:00 – 15:00 within walking distance and wearing face masks.
- Flower shops will be open over the weekend for delivery due to the Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10.
Shopping malls and beauty shops will re-open on May 11.
- Surgical masks, which were banned for commercial purchase since 09.04.2020, are planned to be allowed for sale with standard prices, to avoid exorbitant pricing.
- Wearing surgical mask remain obligatory in all public places, markets, state offices and public transports.
- Close to 250 villages, towns or neighbourhoods are still incomplete quarantine.
- International and domestic commercial flights are cancelled until May 28. Only rescue flights take place.
- Hotel are closed and those with “Coronavirus-free” certification are expected to be open at the end of May.