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Turkey moving to second stage in vaccination drive

Turkey is moving to the second stage in its massive vaccination program against COVID-19 that was rolled out on Jan. 14.

In the first stage of the inoculation drive, health care staff, people aged over 65, the disabled, adults living in crowded places, and those living at nursing homes received the Chinese vaccine Sinovac.

Turkey to roll out human rights action plan next Tuesday, says Erdoğan

Turkey will announce a human rights action plan next week and an economic reform package in two weeks, the nation's president said on Feb. 24. 

"Next Tuesday, we will share the Human Rights Action Plan, prepared in line with the expectations of all segments," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his AKP's provincial congress in Istanbul.

Over 1,800 people sentenced to prison due to violence against healthcare workers

Some 1,811 people have been sentenced to prison for violence against healthcare workers in the past five years in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said in response to a parliamentary question filed by a deputy of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

Woman launches campaign for smart sticks for visually impaired people

A woman in Istanbul has gathered around at least 1,000 smart walking sticks for visually impaired people after a social media campaign she launched on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 last year, daily Milliyet has reported.

MHP leader warns youngsters to stay away from violence

Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Feb. 23 called on youngsters of Turkey to be careful in expressing their objections and avoid "making wrong choices," while warning them to stay away from the "terror groups in front of university doors," referring to Boğaziçi University protests.

Turkey rescues 98 irregular migrants in Aegean Sea

The Turkish Coast Guard Command announced on Feb. 22 that it rescued a total of 98 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea who were pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters. 

Cyprus blames Turkey for “sending migrants”

Cyprus is dealing with a large flow of illegal migration from Turkey that “fails to implement all agreements regarding migration towards Cyprus”

Curfew violations continue at same speed

The number of people violating weeknight curfews and weekend lockdowns is not changing even though the COVID-19 situation has not shown a significant improvement.

More than 31,000 people broke the weeknight curfew and a full weekend lockdown between Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, the country's Interior Ministry reported on Feb. 22.

Turkey to start normalization from virus restrictions as of March 1: Minister

Turkey will start to gradually normalize from coronavirus restrictions as of March 1, Turkey's health minister said on
Feb. 20. 

Underlining that they are working carefully on normalization steps, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the process will start with provincial public health councils dealing with four risk levels in line with Health Ministry criteria.

Turkey begins vaccinating convicts, detainees

Turkey's Justice Ministry announced on Feb. 18 that COVID-19 vaccines have begun being administered to detainees and convicts at penal institutions.