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Local man with Parkinson’s ‘carves dreams into trees’

A retired officer who suffers from Parkinson's disease in the Black Sea province of Düzce's Akçakoca district is spending his time making ornaments from trees despite his illness, which restricts his mobility, calling his hobby "carving dreams into trees."

Turkish economy to keep growing post-COVID-19: Fitch

Turkey's economy will catch up with its sustainable trend of growth next year, a Fitch Ratings' sovereign team director said on April 6. 

Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 4.5% in 2021 after struggling this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Douglas Winslow told Anadolu Agency.

Over 600 health workers contracted COVID-19

More than 600 health workers, who are battling on the frontline against the coronavirus pandemic, have test positive for the coronavirus, Milliyet newspaper has reported.

The number of infected among health professionals is feared to go higher once the tests results of health workers who had shown the symptoms of the virus are released.

British couple self-isolating in parking lot amid outbreak

A British couple who were on a world tour on their caravan has been in voluntary self-quarantine in the parking lot of a sports facilities in Istanbul's historic Yenikapı district for 17 days, after Turkish borders closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Virus concerns overshadow all other problems: Survey

A vast majority of the Turkish public have expressed concern over the dangers the coronavirus pandemic is posing to the country, according to a recent survey.

Some 84 percent of those polled in March by Ipsos said the virus is the most important problem Turkey was facing, whereas 55 percent in January had said that it was economic issues.

Turkey's automotive exports drop in Q1 due to COVID-19

Turkey's automotive exports decreased by 10% to stand at $6.98 billion year-on-year in the first quarter due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters Association said.

The country's automotive exports were $7.75 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the association's data showed on March 5. 

86-year-old Turkish woman beats COVID-19

An 86-year-old Turkish woman became a source of inspiration for those suffering from coronavirus as she beat the disease despite suffering from multiple chronic health conditions.

The novel coronavirus has so far claimed more than 500 lives in Turkey, which has registered almost 24,000 COVID-19 cases, while more than 700 others have recovered got and discharged from hospitals.

Turkey to protect street animals amid COVID-19 spread

Turkish Interior Ministry on March 5 issued a circular letter regarding the protection and feeding of street animals affected by the country's social distancing policies to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Turkey distributes free face masks to citizens

Turkey started distributing free face masks to citizens to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Citizens can apply for free masks through the country's postal services' e-commerce website,

This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that people cannot enter shops and marketplaces without face masks.

Turkish scientist isolates SARS-CoV2 virus

A Turkish virologist has successfully isolated SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus, in a bid to produce a vaccine against the deadly disease it causes which has claimed almost 68,000 lives across the globe.

Turkish scientist says he isolated SARS-CoV2 virus

A Turkish virologist said he isolated SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus, in a bid to produce a vaccine against the deadly disease it causes which has claimed almost 68,000 lives across the globe.

Turkey quarantines pilgrims returning from Umrah

Hundreds of Muslims returning to Turkey from the Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia were being housed in student dormitories on April 5 as part of quarantine measures against the novel coronavirus.
A total of 362 passengers went through health checks after arriving at Konya Airport.