Turkey's metropolitan city of Istanbul has stood out and set an example for the world in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, hosts the majority of the patients in the country. It has gained global attention with its intensive care unit and bed capacity, well-equipped hospitals, and experienced healthcare workers.
The Turkish Red Crescent delivered 100 food packages to an Istanbul church as part of measures to combat the novel coronavirus, the aid agency said on April 30.
Altimermer Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul's historic Fatih district received the supplies of basic necessities that will be distributed to the city's Greek Orthodox minority community.
Turkey welcomed 4.24 million foreign visitors in the first quarter of 2020, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on April 30.
The number of foreigners visiting the country dropped by 22.1% on a yearly basis in the quarter, the ministry data showed.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China last December, tourism and aviation sectors took a backseat
Istanbul's popular tourism destination Princes Islands will suspend entrance and exit for a week, starting April 26 according to district governorate on April 23.
The decision came upon the weather becoming warmer which is concerning in struggle against the coronavirus.
The islands are home to many activities which is why people start traveling as summer is coming.
Critics of the AKP and its leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, say they are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to exact political revenge for the party's loss of most major cities in Turkey to the opposition in last year's local elections.
Erdogan, they say, is determined to prevent the likes of Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu from making further gains.