Covid-19 Turkey Statistics
COVID-19 Case Stats In Turkey
When was it first started?
Turkey has reported a large number of confirmed cases. The first case detected on March 11th, 2020. The person who tested positive had a travel history in Europe. On March 15th the country confirmed the early death due to coronavirus. The disease had already spread in the country by then.
When did the transmission begin?
By April 1st, COVID-19 confirmed to have spread throughout the country. Turkey surpassed Iran in becoming the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Middle East, by April 19th. The state also crossed China on April 20th, in terms of confirmed cases.
As of April 24th, 2020, Turkey has reported 101,790 confirmed cases and a total of 2500 deaths. A total of 18,500 people have recovered. The country also lost the chairman of the Independent Turkey Party on April 14th due to COVID-19.
The confirmed cases were increasing in thousands throughout March and the beginning of April 2020. However, after April 20th, the situation in Turkey has stabilized, and WHO’s senior health emergency official said that UN officials see optimistic signs in the nation.
Testing Strategy and Medical Supplies
The country has been supplying medical aids to multiple other nations. It made large donations of surgical masks and protective equipment to Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Turkey has gained the 7th position worldwide for conducting 600,000 tests. The reports say that the country conducts 20,000 checks per day.
Turkey's Containment Measures
The President on March 12th announced that all schools and colleges should remain closed for some time, and all such institutions were sanitized right after the closure. Examinations postponed in the country, Libraries closed, restricted parliament’s movement, and in many provinces, curfew has been imposed to limit the movement of people.
The government confirmed that until further notice, the limit would be in force. In mid-March, the government canceled flights from the infected nations like Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and few others. There has been lots of criticism of how the government is dealing with the situation. Many blame the government for the rapid spread of the disease in the country.
The Turkish Interior Ministry has arrested many social media users for posting content against officials and for spreading wrong information about the pandemic.