Turkey tightening virus inspections amid normalization
Turkey is shifting to what officials dubbed "dynamic supervision model" to inspect the implementation of COVID-19-related measures after the country moved to a controlled normalization phase.
Starting from March 4, tens of thousands of personnel will be mobilized to carry out nationwide checks to see if coronavirus-related curbs are being strictly observed.
Under the normalization plan, Turkey started easing weekend lockdowns, while continuing weeknight curfews to stem the virus' spread. The country also allowed more face-to-face education and restaurant dining, based on local risk assessment.
The Interior Ministry has sent a directive to the offices of the governors of 81 provinces, providing details of the "dynamic supervision model."
According to the new model, all public institutions, municipalities and associations will provide personnel, equipment and logistics support for efforts to be coordinated by governors and local governors.
Teams will be set up and they will be on the field every day for virus-related inspections.
Trade associations in provinces and districts will inspect their member businesses, including restaurants, cafes and wedding avenues every week.
On the first day of the inspections, 260,000 officials were dispatched to conduct such checks.
The normalization phase was rolled out a time when COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Turkey and the mass vaccination drive is ongoing.
"The high number of infections poses a risk to return to a normal life. We can normalize only if we adhere to the measures," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter on March 3 following a Science Board meeting.
He also warned that it is possible that...