Fahrettin Koca

Pandemic situation appears to be stable in Turkey, says health minister

The pandemic outlook has not changed significantly in Turkey and this course of COVID-19 makes it easier to bring the disease under control, the country's Health Minister has said.

The number of daily coronavirus infections, which climbed to record highs in April but declined to around 5,000, has remained below 30,000 since mid-October.

Experts urge calm but caution over new COVID strain

Turkish experts have urged the public to remain calm and not panic amid threats from the new COVID-19 strain, Omicron, but also called on people to get vaccinated and stick to anti-virus rules.

Turkey on Nov. 26 banned travel from five African nations, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, as a precaution against the new variant.

Turkey restricts travel from southern Africa as new variant sparks concern

Turkey, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Saudi Arabia became the latest countries on Nov. 26 to restrict travel from southern Africa, where a new Covid strain labelled a "variant of concern" has been discovered in a potentially heavy blow to the world's efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister urges to ‘comply with pandemic conditions’


As Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases have been rising steadily in the past few weeks and lingering around 25,000 over the last couple of days, Turkish authorities continue to call on citizens to comply with pandemic measures.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca once again called on the people to comply "with the conditions of the fight" against the pandemic.

Low second dose rates endangering vaccination momentum

As Turkey's vaccination drive against the coronavirus pandemic continues successfully in terms of both the scope of the jab program and the speed of inoculations, the latest remarks of a senior Turkish official show that reluctance among the public to get the second dose of a vaccine endangers momentum in the program

Minister calls for coordinated action to accelerate jab drive

Turkey's health minister has called for a common and coordinated action in order to accelerate vaccinations against COVID-19.

"We are expecting support from the healthcare community to help overcome vaccine hesitancy and from all media outlets to reach out to the public and get messages regarding the vaccination across," Fahrettin Koca said.