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Turkey to impose mandatory PCR tests for some sectors

Turkey will begin requiring negative COVID-19 test results and proofs of vaccination for some sectors, including from teachers as schools reopen next month and for domestic travel.

The government announced a set of new rules late on Aug. 19 as the country fights the coronavirus pandemic with a strategy focusing on its vaccination program.

EU Will Recognize Covid certificates from Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia

The EU will recognise national Covid certificates from Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia from Friday, opening the way to easier travel for their residents, the European Commission said.

The "equivalence decisions" mean those three countries' certificates will be connected to the bloc-wide EU Digital Covid Certificate system, the EU executive said in a statement.

Turkey joins EU COVID pass system

The European Union will accept Turkish COVID-19 certificates as of Aug. 20, the European Commission announced on on Aug. 19. 


The EU executive body adopted equivalence decisions for the COVID-19 certificates issued by the authorities of Turkey, North Macedonia, and Ukraine.

Turkey to start vaccinating teenagers aged 15 and up

Turkey on Aug. 16 expanded its vaccination campaign to include minors at least 15 years old, as well as those at least 12 years old who suffer from chronic disease.


Healthcare workers and other priority groups will also be able to receive their fourth vaccine doses, the Health Ministry announced in a series of new decisions.

Nearly 200 coronavirus infections confirmed on Thursday

Ljubljana – A total of 199 coronavirus infections were confirmed in Slovenia on Thursday in 1,841 PCR tests for a positivity rate of 10.8%. The cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents continued to steadily increase, standing at 92, up by four on the day before, show fresh data by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).

New instruction issued for COVID-19 vaccination in special instances

Romania's National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) has issued a new instruction on immunisation in special instances according to which if a person develops a COVID-19 infection after the first dose, he or she will be able to continue the vaccination schedule with the second dose after healing without resuming the first.