Latest News from Turkey

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.

Turkey's coronavirus death toll reaches 574 with 27,069 cases, minister says

Turkey's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 on Saturday to total 574, and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country's total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

He added that 20,065 tests for the COVID-19 disease had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.

Pandemic lockdown a chance to strengthen family ties

The COVID-19 pandemic stands to improve familial bonds with so many people in Turkey forced to stay at home, according to a leading psychologist and thinker.

"[The lockdown] is an opportunity to discover the language of the family and familial love," Gündüz Vassaf told the Hürriyet Daily News this week.

Turkish Cargo maintains operations for healthier world

Turkish Cargo, a division of Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, has planned 155 flights per week for cargo freighters and 60 flights per week for passenger aircraft that are being used for cargo operations, departing from Istanbul in April.

Masks distributed after additional curbs

Officials have started to distribute protective masks to people who commute on public transport and those that go to open marketplaces to shop, as Turkey introduced stricter measures in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has already infected nearly 25,000 people across the country, killing over 500.

Special online film selection by Istanbul Biennial

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) since 1987, the Istanbul Biennial, in collaboration with the artists that participated in the previous editions, opened two artist films to online access every Friday in weekly periods as of April 3.

Nearly 41,000 sub-standard masks seized in Turkey

Turkish security forces on April 5 seized nearly 41,000 sub-standard masks being produced in an unhygienic environment.

Anti-smuggling teams carried out the operation in the southern province of Adana amid a surge in demand for protective gear due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police raided a depot that was operating without a permit in the Yüreğir district.

Interior Ministry exempts working youth from partial curfew

Turkey's Interior Ministry has issued exemptions for a curfew imposed on youth below the age of 20, saying that those who work are exceptions.

Public employees within this age range, those who certify that they work in the private sector and seasonal agricultural workers will be exempted from the curfew.

Turkish neo-Nazi terrorism victim remembered in Germany

Mehmet Kubaşık was remembered here on April 4, 14 years after he was killed by a neo-Nazi terror group.

A small group left flowers at a memorial in Mallinckrodt, where he used to run a small bookstore.

Chief Consul of Essen, Şener Cebeci, said a small group participated in the event although there are measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.