Turkey Live Updates
- Turkey allowed its sovereign wealth fund, known by its Turkish initials TVF, to take over private companies in distress as part of a series of economic measures to help the Middle East’s largest economy survive the virus.
- Turkey, one of the countries with the fasting rising number of COVID-19 cases in the world, has emerged from a 48-hour total lockdown over the weekend with lessons to be learned over the handling of the crisis.
- The total number of coronavirus cases in Turkey now stands at 56,956.
- A total of 24,088 people are facing legal proceedings for breaking the weekend curfew, the interior ministry said on Sunday evening.
- Turkey will monitor the mobile phones of those diagnosed with the new coronavirus to ensure they do not break quarantine, authorities said on Wednesday, marking the latest measure to stem an outbreak that has surged over the last month.
- Turkey will start tracking citizens and send them a message and call them each time they leave their homes, the presidency’s Communications Directorate said.
- In hardly any other country in the world SARS-CoV-2 spread so quickly as in Turkey. The Virus spreads exponentially, the growth curve is vertical like a wall.
- The number of coronavirus cases in Turkey has grown rapidly in the three weeks since the first was confirmed. The number is higher than what China, Italy or Spain reported at the same stage of their outbreaks.
- The government has shut down schools and universities and imposed tight restrictions on intercity travel and a ban on leaving home for the over-65s. Yet the president has appeared resistant to imposing a full nationwide lockdown, instead urging everyone to impose their own “voluntary quarantine”.
- Turkish media have suggested there are tensions within the government between those who want stricter measures and those concerned about the damage a total shutdown would inflict on the $750bn economy, which is still recovering from the 2018 currency crisis.