Turkey's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) was at 48.1 this March, down from 52.4 in February, posting below the 50 no-change mark for the first time in three months.
According to the Istanbul Chamber of Industry PMI Manufacturing Index report, prepared in cooperation with global data firm IHS Markit, output and new orders both softened, while firms scaled back purchasing activity.
Long life in isolation meant delivering goods.
Many settlements in the city are still separated by two-meter-high plastic walls that were erected at the beginning of the crisis with the aim of social distance and isolation of communities. For this reason, the citizens of Wuhan were completely reliant on online delivery.
The number of newly established companies in Turkey soared 37 percent on an annual basis in February, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) revealed on March 20.
According to the organization, some 9,150 companies were set up last month, up from almost 6,700 in February 2019.
Online supermarkets are currently so inundated with orders that deliveries can take up to a week.
As e-supermarket visitor numbers were low - albeit growing - before the coronavirus epidemic hit, most didn't have the necessary infrastructure to deal with a threefold increase in orders in just a few days. The demand for storage space and delivery vehicles has shot up.
The demand for certain commodities on the market has risen sharply - justifiably, when it comes to items of personal hygiene, or unjustifiably, when it comes to food with a long shelf life.
But this is not genuine consumer demand in normal circumstances. It would be criminal if some took advantage of the public's fear.
The leading PR company M3 Communications Group, Inc. announced that after taking into account the situation with the spread of coronavirus, it will provide the services of its specialized Crisis Communication Team to any non-governmental organization (NGO) that needs them. This is part of the company's long-standing corporate social responsibility program.