Black Sea

Turkey’s elderly population on rise, figures show

Turkey's elderly population has risen by 22.5 percent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on March 18.

TÜİK stated that the population of people over the age of 65 in Turkey had risen to 7.95 million in 2020, up from 6.49 million in 2015.

Turkey releases COVID-19 statistics by city

Turkey's health minister on Feb. 26 announced the cities in Turkey where over the last week the number of COVID-19 cases rose or fell the most. 

On Twitter, Fahrettin Koca said the cities where the number of cases fell the most per 100,000 people are Bayburt (northeastern Turkey), Erzincan (eastern), Trabzon and Karabük (Black Sea region), and Hatay (southern).

Black Sea provinces under spotlight amid spike in virus cases

As Turkey plans to start easing COVID-19-releated restrictions gradually in March, a spike in the number of virus cases in five provinces in the country's Black Sea region has caused deep concerns.

The provinces of Ordu, Giresun, Samsun, Trabzon and Rize stand out among all 81 provinces of the country in terms of the spread of the virus.