COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey

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COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTurkey
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Arrival date11 March 2020 (5 months and 1 day)
Confirmed cases143,114[1]
Active cases37,447[1]
Severe cases1,533[1]
Recovered101,715[1]
Deaths
3,952[1]
Government website
Ministry of Health
covid19.tubitak.gov.tr
corona.cbddo.gov.tr

The COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The disease was confirmed to have reached Turkey on 11 March 2020, after a man who had returned to Turkey from Europe, tested positive.[2]

The first death due to COVID-19 in the country was on 15 March 2020 and by 1 April it was confirmed that COVID-19 had spread all over Turkey.[3] On 14 April 2020, the head of the Turkish Ministry of Health Fahrettin Koca announced that the spread of the virus in Turkey has reached its peak in the fourth weak and started to slow down.[4]

As of 13 May 2020, the total number of confirmed total cases in the country is over 143,100 of which 101,700 have recovered and 4,000 have died.[1] On 18 April 2020, the country's total number of Covid-19 tests were positive and passed those of Iran, making it the highest in the Middle East.[5][6]

Turkey also passed China in confirmed total cases on 20 April 2020.[7] The rapid increase of the confirmed cases in Turkey was said because of the country's poor healthcare system[8].[9][10][11][12]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Türkiye'deki Güncel Durum". Turkish Ministry of Health. 13 May 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. "Turkey confirms first coronavirus patient, recently returned from Europe". Daily Sabah. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  3. "Sağlık Bakanı Koca: Son 24 saatte 7 kişi hayatını kaybetti, 293 yeni vaka görüldü". Euronews. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. "Sağlık Bakanı Koca: Türkiye'de 4. haftada vaka artış hızı düşüşe geçti". Anadolu Agency. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  5. "Turkey's coronavirus cases highest in Middle East: Live updates". Al Jazeera. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. "Turkey's coronavirus cases overtake Iran, highest in Middle East". Reuters. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. "Turkey's Coronavirus Crisis Grows as Infections Exceed China's". Foreign Policy. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  8. "Turkey's public health system faces coronavirus pandemic". DW News. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  9. "Mortality Analyses". Johns Hopkins University. 9 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  10. "Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)". Our World in Data. 10 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  11. "The Battle Over the Numbers: Turkey's Low Case Fatality Rate". Institut Montaigne. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  12. "Türkiye: Kişi başına düşen yoğun bakım yatağı 2012-2018 arasında yüzde 46 arttı; Avrupa'da durum ne?". Euronews. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.