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Turkey hopes Guinean elections to give positive results

Turkey hopes that the elections and constitutional referendum held simultaneously in Guinea will yield positive results for the peace and prosperity in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on April 4. 

Turkey authorizes transfer of ventilators to Spain

Turkish foreign minister on April 4 said the government authorized the transfer of ventilators to Spain, and dismissed reports claiming that the Turkish administration sought to confiscate medical equipment amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Turkey quarantines over 15,000 returnees

Turkey's youth and sports minister said on April 4 that 15,756 people who arrived in the country from abroad have been quarantined in 78 dormitories across 51 provinces.

Unlike the coronavirus, Turkey is here to stay

No one expected that Turkey would join Greece in celebrating the anniversary of the 1821 uprising against the Ottoman Empire. Nor did anyone expect that on that very symbolic day for Greece, Turkish fighter jets would violate Greek airspace over the Evros border region and the Aegean Sea.

IntMin Vela announces suspension of flights to and from the US and some European countries

The Minister of Interior, Marcel Vela, on Saturday informed in a press statement he made at the MAI (Ministry of Interior) headquarters, while presenting the provisions of the Military Ordinance No. 7, that the authorities decided to suspend all flights to and from the US and a series of European countries, for a period of 14 days, starting with April 5.

Turkey producing 1mln masks every week: Defense minister

Turkey is producing one million protectives masks, 5,000 medical overalls and 5,000 liters of alcohol-based disinfectants every week, the country's defense minister said.

Hulusi Akar held a teleconference on Friday with commanders-in-chief of armed forces to discuss preventive measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

Kosovar Turks will learn Turkish online

Turkey's Education Information Network will broadcast Turkish language education in Kosovo, according to Ankara's Education Minister Ziya Selçuk.

US sends $1.2 mln in supplies to YPG/PKK for COVID-19

The U.S.-led coalition against the ISIL terror group provided $1.2 million in supplies for COVID-19 prevention efforts and detention operations to YPG/PKK terrorists, according to a statement on April 4.

Ankara slams Greece on EU-Turkey refugee-deal letter

Turkey blasted Greece's prime minister on April 3 after he sent a letter to European leaders urging a reduction in financial support to Ankara amid a refugee crisis.

Turkish, EU Council leaders discuss bilateral relations

In a phone call on April 3, Turkey's president and the head of the European Council discussed bilateral relations as well as regional issues.

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the EU's Charles Michel also discussed efforts to fight COVID-19, said Turkey's Communications Directorate.

Athens on alert for Turkish migrant ships

The Hellenic Navy has in recent days identified and is monitoring the movements of about six cargo ships off the Turkish coast, concerned they are preparing to transport illegal migrants to the Greek islands. 

Turkish firm announces new product for virus treatment

A leading Turkish pharmaceutical firm announced on April 3 that it had successfully made a product "observed to be able to give positive results" in the treatment of the novel coronavirus.

Istanbul mass transit riders must wear masks

Residents of Turkey's largest city taking mass transit now must wear face masks to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities said on April 3. 

"Passengers without a face mask will not be admitted on buses, metro, metrobus, or city line ferries as of tomorrow," Murat Ongun, a spokesperson for the Istanbul Municipality, said on Twitter.

Turkish Airlines halts domestic flights till April 20

Turkish Airlines on April 3 announced that due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, it will suspend all domestic service until April 20.

On the heels of earlier flight suspensions due to the virus, the national flag carrier's "limited number of flights to and from 14 major cities will all be canceled until April 20," announced Bilal Eksi, Turkish Airlines' CEO.

UK wants to work with Turkey to meet demand for medical equipment: Ambassador

The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge demand in countries for certain sorts of medical equipment and much of this is manufactured in Turkey, British Ambassador to Ankara Dominick Chilcott has told Hürriyet Daily News, expressing his country's will to further cooperate with Turkey to meet the demand in the two countries.