Eyes on cabinet meeting as virus cases keep rising

The public, particularly business owners in Turkey, will keep a close eye on the March 15 cabinet meeting to hear the government's assessment of the pandemic situation after Turkey has moved to a "controlled normalization" phase.

Erdoğan, who will chair the cabinet meeting, last week said that the virus variants are making it difficult "for us" to take decisions.

Over 1,800 people sentenced to prison due to violence against healthcare workers

Some 1,811 people have been sentenced to prison for violence against healthcare workers in the past five years in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said in response to a parliamentary question filed by a deputy of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

Easing virus restrictions to take place after province-based measures, says minister

Easing or tightening the restrictions will take place after province-based measures become more concrete, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters after the president unveiled the plans for moving to the normalization phase on Feb. 17. 

Turkey sees significant drop in coronavirus caseload, says health minister

Turkey on Jan. 8 reported a significant drop in the countrywide number of novel coronavirus cases over last two weeks.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter that there had been a 40% drop in the caseload of both Istanbul and the Aegean province Izmir, as well as a reduction of roughly 60% both in the capital Ankara and northwestern Bursa province.

Turkish Airlines suspends flights from UK to Turkey

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced on Jan. 2 that flights from the U.K. to Turkey were suspended under travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the flights from Turkey to the U.K., and from the U.K. to other countries, including the transit flights, continue as planned, it noted.