Coronavirus has been maintaining its position as the main agenda in the world, just as in Turkey. The danger that human face is quite serious. So, it is impossible to close our eyes to virus news.
As the number of cases and deaths have been gradually increasing in the world, precautions against it rising, too. However, the spread of the virus hasn’t been able to be stopped so far. Moreover, there are some countries where the virus spreads at the fastest pace, — such as Italy, Iran, and Spain. China, on the other hand, as the beginning point of Covid-19, seems to have taken the virus under control.
Our country Turkey, on the other hand, has been able to prevent the virus to spread in the country until March,11th. Indeed, the country has so far succeeded to be one of the “less” affected countries in the world. Nonetheless, both the number of approved cases and the death toll has been steadily increasing since March, 11th. Turkey, nonetheless, is one of the most successful countries in the world which acts with the full-motivation. And it takes immediately whatever precautions need to be taken.
Here are the latest announcements and situation for the Covid-19 in Turkey.
Second Death from Coronavirus and Number of Cases 191
Turkey reported its second death from coronavirus late on March 18 (yesterday), as the number of cases in the country rose to 191. According to Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca’s announcement, the second victim was a 61-year-old male.
The number of cases in the country rose to 191 from 98 a day earlier, according to the Minister’s announcement on Twitter. “The test results today show that measures are very necessary. There are 93 new diagnosed cases for which treatment has begun,” Turkey’s Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca wrote.
61 YAŞINDA erkek bir hastamızı kaybettik. Kendisine Allah’tan rahmet diliyorum. Bugün sonuçlanan testler, tedbirlerin çok zorunlu olduğunu gösteriyor. Tanı konup tedavilerine başlanan 93 YENİ VAKAMIZ var. Hasta sayımız 191’e ulaştı. Riskin önünü birlikte keselim.
— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) March 18, 2020
A Brief Summary for the Situation of Coronavirus in Turkey
Turkey had reported its first death related on the coronavirus pandemic late on March 17. Koca had told a news conference that an 89-year-old male died after contracting the virus from an employee. The employee had “contacts with China,” where the new coronavirus first started late last year.
On March 18, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan advised citizens not to leave their home unless it is necessary for three weeks. And furthermore, minimizing social contact until the threat of coronavirus recedes is very vital.
The President added that “None of our citizens must leave their homes or get in contact with anyone, unless absolutely necessary until the threat disappears,”.
“No one has the right to put the whole society’s health at risk due to their selfishness or negligence. All of us has a responsibility of making sacrifices for the well-being and peace of the society,” Erdoğan said.
Meanwhile, Turkey confirmed its first case of the coronavirus early on March 11. Since then, the government has taken a series of precautions against the spread of the virus. These precautions include shutting down schools, universities, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, cafes, spas, amusement parks and swimming pools.
Relationship Between the Climate and the Virus
Utku Perktaş is a professor of biogeography in the Biology Department at Hacettepe University in Ankara. He penned a piece of text which analyzes the relationship between coronavirus and climate. Perktaş argues that as the environment gets dry, the weather gets warmer. So, the chances of the virus surviving in the external environment will decrease.
However, Perktaş warned that although the climate is an important variable, it would not be enough to explain everything about the distribution of the virus. Therefore, the steps and precautions of human movements are vital to prevent the spread of the outbreak. So, warnings for staying home are not for nothing.
(You can find the complete version of the article here.)
The Us Suspends to Travel from Europe
In the meantime, the president of The USA Donald Trump suspended to travel from Europe for a month (30 days). The precaution is related to the threat of coronavirus. However, Turkey is not being included the “travel ban”, as the country is not as in danger as other European countries yet.
Stay Home Against Coronavirus
We also would like to warn our audience here from both Turkey and the world once again: Please stay home! Staying home is not only vital for your well-being but also vital for other’s health. Hopefully, the situation gets better soon and no one gets harmed by the virus!