COVID-19 cases in Turkish city reach dangerous proportions

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern city of Gaziantep said coronavirus infections have reached a dangerous level in his province, urging strict compliance with hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

“My dear fellow countrymen, infection cases in our city is reaching a dangerous level! Thank you for your ban suggestions, but first we have to implement the simplest rules. We are obliged to use the mask covering our mouth and nose and to comply with the social distance guidelines,” Governor Davut Gül in a statement on Twitter on July 8.

Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said in a statement at the Scientific Committee Meeting that Gaziantep was one of the provinces in which reported infection cases had seen a significant increase, Diken reported on Thursday.

Gül also said that military ceremonies are now prohibited in Gaziantep due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. “Only immediate relatives can accompany young men to go to military at the terminals. Vehicle convoys and horns will be detected by the city security agencies,” Gül added in his tweet.

It is also risky to have a wedding, the governor said suggesting to have a simpler marriage ceremony during the pandemic.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 cases have been recorded in Turkey each day since June 11, according to official data, raising concerns that some restrictions on the population may need to be reintroduced.