Fahrettin Koca

Face-to-face education continuing as planned: Minister

Face-to-face education in Turkey's schools continues as planned, the country's education minister has said, adding that the pandemic is not disrupting in-person classes.

The new school year for more than 18 million students and some 1.2 million teachers started on Sept. 6 under strict anti-virus rules after nearly an 18-month break.

Turkey lifts restrictions as normalization phase begins

Turkey has entered a new normalization phase, relaxing most of the COVID-19-related restrictions, including nighttime curfews and nationwide lockdowns on Sundays.

The new episode in the county's fight against the pandemic began on July 1 after the government decided to remove the curbs amid the decline in daily virus cases and fast-track vaccinations.

Acute phase of pandemic nearing end in Turkey, says health minister

The "acute" phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey is nearing an end, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said as the country broke yet another record in the number of daily vaccines administered.

The daily virus cases have declined sharply over the past weeks, easing from more than 60,000 in mid-April to around 6,000 lately.

Attack on orthopedist prompts public outcry

A man who attacked and severely injured an orthopedist at a hospital in the capital Ankara has prompted a massive public outcry in Turkey.

Ertan İskender, a doctor at Ankara Training and Research Hospital, was stabbed in his back and his right hand by an assailant, Bayram Nargüner, while examining another patient on May 26.