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Spain announces arrival of ventilators from Turkey

Spain confirmed April 8 the arrival of ventilators from Turkey.

"Respirators from Turkey are already in Spain. Unloading at the Barajas Airport," the Foreign Ministry said on Twitter while it shared images of a Turkish flagged plane with cargo.

Pandemic Catches Turkish Government Low on Crisis Ammunition

"There are no serious articles in the economic package for workers and employers," said Enes Ozkan, an economist at Istanbul University.

The crisis, he said, would have "serious effects on the already-wounded Turkish economy."

Turkish President thanks Ecumenical Patriarch for aid in coronavirus pandemic

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos for the support and donations of the patriarchate, Greek institutions in the city and donors abroad in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, during a call on Wednesday.

Water birds return to improved reeds

Maintenance and improvement works in the Central Anatolian province of Konya's Ereğli Reeds, which is known as one of the natural habitats of flamingos and has experienced drought in the past years, have been completed.

190 migrants from Tzia being transferred to mainland

Greek authorities started on Wednesday evening the transfer to the mainland of 190 migrants who had been stranded on the island of Tzia since the Turkish smuggling ship they were onboard ran aground there on March 16.

Tests of leadership

Only real life can test if a politician really has what it takes to lead a nation. Six months after he was elected prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis was called upon to tackle two major crises: the first one was the exploitation of migrants and refugees by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the second was the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey shall adopt to post-coronavirus world order, says communications director

The post-coronavirus world order will be different than that of today and the previous era and Turkey has to make its efforts to be ready for this future, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said at a teleconference meeting with Turkey's ambassadors in China, South Korea and Italy.

Erdoğan hails 'healthcare army' fighting virus

Turkey's president on April 8 praised the nation's "healthcare army" of nearly half a million medical staff and 360,000 support personnel fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

"No virus, no outbreak is stronger than Turkey," said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a letter addressed to the Turkish people who are older than 65 and restricted from leaving their homes due to pandemic.

Construction of field hospital at Istanbul airport site begins

Construction work to build a field hospital at the site of the now-closed Atatürk Airport in Istanbul has begun.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier this week two more hospitals with a capacity of 1,000 beds each will be established in the country's largest city as part of efforts in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey, Russia launch third joint patrol in Idlib: Minister

Turkish and Russian troops have conducted their third joint patrolling mission, the Turkish defense minister said on April 8, in line with the March 5 agreement brokered between Ankara and Moscow that brought a temporary cease-fire in Syria's Idlib province.

Germany agrees to take in 50 young migrants from Greek islands

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to accept 50 migrant children and youths from overcrowded camps on Greek islands, government sources said.

The move was a first step by Germany, officials said, as worries mount about the health situation in the Greek camps due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkey to form second board to tackle social impacts of COVID-19

Turkey has formed a second science board to tackle the social impacts of the measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus, the health minister has announced, informing that the new board will include experts in the field of psychology of religion, sociology of religion, statistics, sociology and psychology.

People fined for violating Turkey’s virus rules

A large number of people across Turkey have been fined for violating the rules the government has introduced to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The country's health minister has said the coronavirus is in every province in Turkey, with Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara, the three largest cities, has reported the highest number of cases.

Turkish musician hosts foreign artists online

With his strong voice, wide repertoire and successful stage performances, Turkish musician Barbaros is hosting world-famous names on live broadcasts from his Instagram account.

Barbaros, a graduate of Istanbul University State Conservatory Opera Department, has hosted a few international artists so far.

Opposition İYİ Party leader’s domestic worker tests positive for COVID-19

A domestic worker working at the house of opposition İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Akşener's helper at home, with whom she has been working for the past 20 years, tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking to daily Hürriyet, Akşener said that when she heard the news, she thought about her family first.