In Turkey, the necessary measures are being taken step by step to combat the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus. This was stated the night before, on April 6, in a televised address to fellow citizens, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The head of state said that the Turkish authorities have started distributing medical masks to the population free of charge, and a ban is being imposed on their sale, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.
According to Erdogan, the Turkish health system has “crossed an important milestone”, conducting more than 20 thousand tests for coronavirus infection every day.
As part of the response to the pandemic, two new 1,000-bed hospitals will be deployed near Istanbul airport.
Turkish authorities will commandeer local factories that produce medical masks if they do not agree to sell their products to the government. This ultimatum was issued by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on March 23. Earlier, employees of relevant departments of the country conducted simultaneous raids on the warehouses of all manufacturers of medical masks to demand that they sign contracts with the Turkish Ministry of health and stop storing stocks, Soylu said.
According to the Turkish Ministry of health on Tuesday morning, 30217 cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the country, and 649 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 died.
As reported by T, the Turkish President on April 3 unveiled a new package of measures to protect the population in the face of a pandemic. The established ban on leaving the house now applies to two age categories of citizens: under 20 years of age and over 65 years of age. In 30 major cities of Turkey and in the province of Zonguldag in the North-West of the country, residents born after January 1, 2000, are banned from going outside. Previously, the ban only applied to citizens aged 65 and older.
Turkey stopped all intercity rail services on March 28 as part of new measures to combat coronavirus. The day before, the authorities