Timeline of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Turkey

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Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-11
1(n.a.)
2020-03-12
1(=)
2020-03-13
5(+400%)
2020-03-14
6(+20%)
2020-03-15
18(+200%) 1(n.a.)
2020-03-16
47(+161%) 1(=)
2020-03-17
98(+109%) 2(+100%)
2020-03-18
191(+95%) 3(+50%)
2020-03-19
359(+88%) 4(+25%)
2020-03-20
670(+87%) 9(+125%)
2020-03-21
947(+41%) 21(+133%)
2020-03-22
1,236(+31%) 30(+43%)
2020-03-23
1,529(+24%) 37(+23%)
2020-03-24
1,872(+22%) 44(+19%)
2020-03-25
2,433(+30%) 59(+34%)
2020-03-26
3,629(+49%) 75(+27%)
2020-03-27
5,698(+57%) 92(+22%)
2020-03-28
7,402(+30%) 108(+17%)
2020-03-29
9,217(+25%) 131(+21%)
2020-03-30
10,827(+17%) 168(+28%)
2020-03-31
13,531(+24%) 214(+27%)
2020-04-01
15,679(+16%) 277(+29%)
2020-04-02
18,135(+16%) 356(+29%)
2020-04-03
20,921(+15%) 425(+19%)
2020-04-04
23,934(+14%) 501(+18%)
2020-04-05
27,069(+12%) 574(+15%)
2020-04-06
30,217(+12%) 649(+13%)
Source: Ministry of Health on Twitter

This article documents the timeline of COVID-19 in Turkey.

January 2020[edit]

10 January[edit]

The Ministry of Health set up the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.[1] It consists of 26 members specialized in Chest Diseases, Infectious Diseasesand Clinical Microbiology.[2] The number of board members increased later to 31 with the joining of expert academics in Virology, Internal medicine and Intensive care medicine.[1] The board works out guidelines for the treatment by medicals and measures to be followed by the public, and updates them in context of the disease's course in the country.[2][3]

24 January[edit]

  • On 24 January 2020, Turkey's health ministry installed thermal cameras at the airports.[4]
  • The ministry also decided to subject any passengers arriving from China to additional screenings and quarantine anyone showing the symptoms of the coronavirus infection.
    • The screenings were later expanded to include countries that reported a high number of confirmed cases.
  • Other precautionary measures on the airports included infrared guns, disinfection at all customs gates and the handing out of free surgical masks and instruction leaflets.

31 January[edit]

  • On 31 January, the Turkish government sent a plane to airlift 34 Turkish citizens and several others from Wuhan.
    • The others include seven Azeris, seven Georgians and one Albanian.[5]
  • China ordered 200 million masks from Turkey in addition to Turkey's yearly production of 150 million masks.[6]

February 2020[edit]

3 February[edit]

  • On 3 February, Turkey announced to stop all the flights from China.[7]
  • The border with Iran was closed after the Iranian authorities didn't adhere to the advice of Turkey to quarantine the Iranian city of Qom.[8]
  • On the same day, Turkey announced its decision to stop all flights to and from Iran.[9]

29 February[edit]

March 2020[edit]

8 March[edit]

  • Turkish cities carried out massive disinfection work in public places and mass transit vehicles. In Istanbul, the municipality decided to install hand sanitizers at stations of metrobuses.[11]
  • The Ministry of National Education also announced that they were using special disinfectants to keep schools clean against the virus threat. Minister Ziya Selçuk said that every surface open to contact at the schools is being sanitised, noting that vocational schools producing 100 tons of disinfectants daily supply the disinfectants for schools.[11]

11 March[edit]

  • In the early hours of 11 March 2020 (UTC+03:00), Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that a Turkish man who had contracted the virus while travelling in Europe was the country's first coronavirus case.[12]
    • The patient had been placed in isolation at an undisclosed hospital, and family members of the patient were put under observation.[12]

12 March[edit]

  • Minister Ziya Selçuk organized a press conference on 12 March and announced that disinfection would be carried out in all schools after the closure. He said that the weekly curriculum would be structured and the necessary training and education support would be provided by EBA on the Internet and TRT on television, and they had taken whatever measures that were necessary to prevent interruptions and delays in educational programs.[13][14]
  • On 12 March 2020, after a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the rest of the Turkish government, Press Secretary İbrahim Kalın announced that primary schools, middle schools, and high schools in Turkey will be closed starting from 16 March 2020 for a week. Universities will also be closed for three weeks. Sports matches will be played behind closed doors in stadiums until the end of April. The president also postponed all his overseas visits.[15][16]

13 March[edit]

  • On 13 March, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca made an announcement via his official Twitter account, confirming that a relative of the first person infected with coronavirus had fallen ill with the disease and was taken under observation and necessary measures were taken.[17]
  • In the evening, it was announced that three other people in the same family had tested positive for coronavirus, and thus the number of confirmed cases in Turkey rose to five.[18]
  • The Grand National Assembly of Turkey announced that no visitors would be accepted to parliament between 13–31 March.[19]
  • On 13 March, Turkey announced its decision to stop all flights to and from Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands starting from Saturday at 08.00 am until 17 April.[20]
  • On the same day, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül announced that meetings in all open and closed prisons, the use of family meeting rooms and transfers between prisons were delayed for two weeks.[21]

14 March[edit]

  • On 14 March, following a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the two countries temporarily stopped land and air transportation.[22]
  • On the same day, Turkey and Georgia announced their mutual decision to close the Sarp Border Gate.[23]
  • Later in the evening, Koca announced that the number of confirmed cases rose to six, with a pilgrim who recently returned from Umrah testing positive.[24]

15 March[edit]

  • On 15 March, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced that between 16 and 30 March all libraries in Turkey will be closed.[25]
  • According to the statement made by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, 5,392 out of 10,300 citizens who returned from Umrah were quarantined in state dormitories in Ankara and 4,938 were quarantined in Konya.[26]
  • The Ministry of the Interior announced that pavilions, discotheques, bars and night clubs will be closed temporarily starting from 10:00 on 16 March.[27]
  • On the same day, Fahrettin Koca announced that the number of confirmed cases increased to 18, with 7 of the new cases originating from Europe and 3 cases originating from the United States.[28]

16 March[edit]

17 March[edit]

  • On 17 March, Minister Selçuk visited TRT studios where content related to the new distance education format was prepared, and stated that the new process was being reviewed to the finest detail, and that the planning and infrastructure preparations would be completed by the week of 23 March. Selçuk stated that the first lesson using this training technique would be given by him.[36]
  • Later that day, Minister Koca reported the first death from the coronavirus, a 89-year-old patient, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 98.[37]

18 March[edit]

  • On 18 March, President Erdoğan urged public to stay at home and not to visit hospitals outside emergency cases. Erdoğan further stated that public banks will deliver pensions to retirees above the age of 76 to their homes, with the minimum amount of payment for retired people being ₺1,500.[38]
  • A ₺100 million economic measures package was also announced by the government to address financial issues of companies and low-income households. With this package the government promised to raise the Credit Guarantee Fund (KGF) limit, postpone tax liabilities, SGK premium payments and credit debts of employers in sectors most affected by the crisis, and make a resource transfer of ₺2 billion to families in need, among other measures.[39][40]
  • Later that day, Minister Koca announced the second death from coronavirus, a 61-year-old male patient. Koca further stated that the number of confirmed cases rose to 191 with 93 new cases.[41]
  • The Turkish Medical Association, TTB Specialist Associations, Public Health Experts Association, Turkish Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Association, Turkish Thoracic Society, and Turkish Intensive Care Association had a meeting on 17 March to evaluate the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. In their paper, released on 18 March, they concluded that the pandemic poses significant dangers for healthcare workers and patients, adding that deficiencies in information and precautions have caused confusion, and insufficient information on drug use, lack of access to tests, and various other issues have made it difficult to combat the pandemic.[42]

19 March[edit]

  • On 19 March, it was reported that former commander in chief of the Turkish Army Aytaç Yalman died of coronavirus disease on 15 March 2020, aged 79.[43][44]
  • Later that day, one person had tested positive for coronavirus, and 45 co-workers and their family members were quarantined in Çeşme district of İzmir Province.[45]
  • Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu announced that football, volleyball, basketball and handball leagues were postponed.[46]
  • The Measuring, Selection and Placement Center postponed 9 exams, including TUS and MSÜ, which were planned to be held soon.[47]
  • The Directorate of Religious Affairs issued a circular to be sent to the provincial muftis, and stating that mosques would be kept closed on Friday.[48]
  • In a statement published on his Twitter account, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced that an 85-year-old woman had lost her life, adding that there were 168 new confirmed cases.[49]
  • The announced economic measures package, set to be provided by the government, was criticized by institutions and individuals, including economists and politicians. The lack of a detailed action plan was the center of criticism. Additionally, at a time when people were encouraged to stay at home, the government was criticized for allowing airline passenger transport and tax reductions that support tourism. Critics asked for lowering the down payment of housing loans and emphasized on the need to provide employment support to different sectors.[39][50]

20 March[edit]

  • On 20 March, Ministry of Health issued an order to declare all hospitals with at least two specialists in infections, pulmonology, internal medicine and clinical microbiology, including private and foundation hospitals, as coronavirus pandemic hospitals.[51]
  • Minister Koca reported that total number of confirmed cases and deaths rose to 670 and 9, respectively.[52]
  • Through a presidential statement, it was announced that all kinds of scientific, cultural, and artistic meetings or activities were postponed until the end of April.[53]
  • The Human Rights Association, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Association of Lawyers for Liberty, Contemporary Lawyers Association, and Health and Social Service Workers Union of Civil Society in the Penal System, also published a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and urged for immediate action in prisons. In their article, they emphasized on informing the public, especially family and lawyers of prisoners, about quarantine practices and the health status of prisoners.[54]
  • Free public transportation for people 65 years of age or older was temporarily suspended in Balıkesir, Konya and Malatya.[55]
  • Horse racing games were postponed until a second announcement is made in the future.[56]

21 March[edit]

  • On 21 March, Minister Koca has reported that the number of confirmed cases rose to 947 with a death toll of 21, following the death of 12 elderly patients.[57]
  • The Ministry of the Interior reported that, with the circular it sent to the 81 provincial governorships, military farewell ceremonies were temporarily suspended. In addition, it was announced that the activities of barber shops, hair dressers and beauty parlours were to cease by 6:00 pm.[58][59]
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry banned barbecuing in gardens, parks and promenades.[60]
  • The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced that as of 5:00 pm flights to 46 more countries had stopped, thereby cutting air transport with 68 countries in total.
  • The Ministry of Interior announced a total curfew for those who are over the age 65 or chronically ill.[61]
  • The announcement further stated that starting from midnight, restaurants, dining places and patisseries were to be closed to the public for sitting, and were only allowed to offer home delivery and take-away.[62]
  • Fenerbahçe Basketball announced that some players in its team and administrative staff had symptoms of the coronavirus disease.[63]
  • Free public transportation for people over 65 was temporarily suspended in Ankara, Antalya and İzmir.[64][65]

22 March[edit]

  • On 22 March, Koca announced that the death toll had risen to 30 with a total of 1,236 confirmed cases.[66]
  • With a presidential order, all bankruptcy and financial executives processes were stopped until 30 April, however obligations regarding alimony and child support payments remained in force.[67]
  • Additionally, through a new statement issued by the president, public institutions and organizations were ordered to allow for alternating and flexible schedules and enforce remote working if possible.[68]
  • The Ministry of the Interior declared that the health workers, mayors, provincial directors, social service institutions officers, public servants, public service providers and pharmacists, especially doctors, were exempted from the curfew, which is enforced for the people aged 65 and over.[69]
  • The Banks Association of Turkey also sent a notice to different banks across the country and limited their working hours to 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, which went into effect on 23 March 2020.[70]

23 March[edit]

  • On 23 March, Koca announced that the death toll had risen to 37 with a total of 1,529 confirmed cases.[71]
  • At a press conference, Koca announced that a drug called Favipiravir, which was reported by Chinese authorities to be effective in treating the disease, was imported and started to be administered to intensive care patients.[72] Koca also announced that healthcare workers would be paid an additional fee on their paychecks for 3 months.[73]
  • On the same day, Fatih Terim, a famous Turkish association football manager and former player, was diagnosed with the COVID-19.[74][75]
  • The remote classes for primary, secondary and high schools started on 23 March 2020 on TRT EBA TV, a channel created through the collaboration of TRT and the Ministry of Education.[76]
  • It was decided that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul would remain open between 10.00 am-4.00 pm, however, entering and exiting would be controlled and done only through two doors.[77]
  • The Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu announced that the number of people coming from abroad and quarantined at home was 11,269.[78]

24 March[edit]

  • On 24 March, Koca announced that the number of confirmed cases risen to 1,872, with a death toll of 44 in total.[79]
  • The Ministry of the Interior issued a statement, announcing that markets could serve customers between 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, adding that the number of customers in every store needed to be limited to one tenth of its original number based on its area. In addition, it was announced that public transportation vehicles that work in and across the cities could fill up only 50% of their capacity with people at a time.[80]
  • Import tariffs on ethanol,[81] disposable medical masks,[82] and ventilators[83] have been lifted with presidential decrees.

25 March[edit]

  • On 25 March, the number of confirmed cases increased to 2,433 with the death toll rising to 59.[84]
  • At the press conference held on 25 March, Minister Selçuk announced that remote teaching would continue until 30 April.[85]
  • It was announced that a football player and a healthcare professional from Fenerbahçe football team,[86] President of Başakşehir F.K. Göksel Gümüşdağ,[87] and journalist Ali Sirmen[88] had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech to the nation.[89]

26 March[edit]

  • On 26 March, in his message published on his Twitter account, Minister Koca announced that there were 1,196 new diagnoses and 16 more people had died. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 3,629, with a death toll of 75.[90]
  • On the same day, YÖK President Yekta Saraç stated that there would be no in-person teaching at universities in the remainder of the spring semester, and that they would continue with remote education only. He added that the programs, courses and practical courses that could not be offered with distance education and digital education would be completed in the summer months. He announced that the Higher Education Institutions Exam was postponed to 25–26 July.[91]
  • With the decision of the Ministry of Trade, the export of respiratory equipment was permitted.[92]
  • TÜBİTAK and the Ministry of Industry and Technology launched the COVID-19 Turkey Web Portal.[93]
  • The Minister of National Education Ziya Selçuk announced that the High School Entrance Exams would be made only from the material coveredin the first semester curriculum.[94]
  • During the pandemic, the first call for tender for Istanbul Canal was criticized by the opposition.[95]
  • The Ministry of the Interior postponed the meetings of the metropolitan, provincial, district, municipal municipalities and local administrative unions and provincial councils in April, May and June.[96]
  • Kilyos and Beykoz were determined as burial places in Istanbul for those who lost their lives due to COVID-19.[97]
  • In his statement, the mayor of Istanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu announced that they were expecting a controlled curfew for Istanbul from the government.[98]

27 March[edit]

  • On 27 March, Turkish Minister of Heatlh Fahrettin Koca announced at a press conference that the number of confirmed cases increased to 5,698 with the death toll rising to 92. He also announced that 42 patients have been recovered from the disease so far.[99]
  • On the same day, the Ministry of the Interior issued a new statement regarding gatherings during weekends, announcing that starting from 28-29 March, having picnics, fishing at the shores, doing outside physical exercises (including running and walking in the weekends in city and town centers) would be banned until the virus spread has been contained. It was also stated that, should they deem it necessary, local authorities may extend these new measures to weekdays.[100]
  • With the advice of the Ministry of Health, Kendirli town in Rize and Yeniselimiye, Beştepe, Esentepe and Maltepe villages close to the town were quarantined to prevent the spread of coronavirus.[101]
  • In a message published by the Minister of National Education Twitter on 27 March, it announced that subjects that were set to be covered during the second semester were removed from the Higher Education Institutions Exam.[102]
  • Also on 27 March, President Erdoğan announced that all overseas flights were terminated, adding that intercity travel was subject to permission by the state governors, and that places such as picnic areas, forests and ruins would be closed on the weekend.[103]
  • Public Personnel Selection Examinations were postponed to September, October and November.[104]
  • Friday prayers were done in Beştepe National Mosque with a limited number of people determined by the Directorate of Religious Affairs.[105]
  • It was announced that public and private healthcare workers could not leave their posts for three months.[106]

28 March[edit]

  • On 28 March, Minister Koca confirmed 1,704 new cases, adding that 16 people had died the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases increased to 7,402, with a death toll of 108. The total number of tests performed until that date was 55,464.[107]
  • Turkish Airlines announced that its domestic flights were restricted from Istanbul and Ankara to some metropolitan cities.[108]
  • The Minister of Transport Mehmet Cahit Turhan was dismissed and Adil Karaismailoğlu was appointed to replace him.[109]
  • Rüştü Reçber, former captain of the national football team of Turkey, announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.[110]
  • At the entrance and exit points of the cities, new measurements were enforced for the drivers and passengers.[111]
  • With the circular issued by the Ministry of the Interior, a "Travel Permit Certificate" requirement was introduced for domestic air transportation.[112]

29 March[edit]

  • On 29 March, Minister Koca announced that there were 1,815 new cases and 23 more deaths, The total number of cases increased to 9217, and the death toll reached 131. The total number of tests performed so far was 65,446.[113]
  • With the circular issued by the Ministry of the Interior, it was announced that from midnight, Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir would limit the number of commercial taxis by enforcing an even-odd system, according to the last digit on their registration plate. The decision was left to the governors for other provinces.[114]
  • With the decision taken by the governorships of Istanbul and Ankara, children were prohibited from entering bazaars and markets.[115]

30 March[edit]

  • On 30 March, Minister Koca announced that there were 1,610 new cases and 37 more deaths, The total number of cases rose to 10,827, and the death toll reached 168. The total number of tests performed so far was 7,6981.[116]
  • On the same day, the presidential cabinet gathered for the first time using the teleconference method.[117] Speaking after the meeting, President Erdoğan announced that 41 settlements were under quarantine. He also announced the initiation of a donation campaign called "We're Enough for Each Other Turkey" (Turkish: Biz Bize Yeteriz Türkiyem).[118] While the campaign was supported by representatives of the ruling party, members of the oppositions had a less favorable reaction to it.[119][120]
  • It was announced that the sea buses and ferry services that make intercity trips in Istanbul would stop operating from 5:00 pm.[121]
  • The Turkish Medical Association announced the number of confirmed cases and death figures by province.[122]

31 March[edit]

  • On 31 March, Minister Koca announced that there were 2,704 new cases and 46 more deaths. The total number of cases rose to 13,531, and the death toll reached 214. The total number of tests performed so far was 92,403.[123]
  • The Mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, mentioned Istanbul as the center of the pandemic in Turkey, and reiterated the demand for a curfew in Istanbul.[124]
  • Kırklareli Governor Osman Bilgin[125] and a doctor in the Grand National Assembly tetsted positive for COVID-19.[126]
  • Through a circular issued by the Ministry of the Interior, the donation accounts set by the municipalities were blocked.[127]
  • TÜRK-İŞ leader Ergün Atalay issued a written statement on 31 March, demanding the banning of layoffs and asked for stopping all works for at least 15 days except those offering essential goods and services. Atalay stressed the necessity of the rapid introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Fund to address the issue of the loss of income, and added that all workers who suffer loss of employment and income should have their provisional income support by their employer, the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the state.[128]
  • DİSK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB launched a signature campaign on 31 March to enforce seven emergency measures. During this period, they believed that "Works should be terminated immediately during the epidemic in all sectors except those providing basic, compulsory and urgent goods and services. Dismissals should be prohibited during the epidemic, small tradesmen should be supported, employees should be given paid leave, and unemployment support should be provided for the unemployed. Consumer, housing and vehicle loans and credit card debts and electricity, water, natural gas and communication bills should be postponed during the epidemic without future interests."[129]

April 2020[edit]

1 April[edit]

  • On 1 April, Minister Koca announced that there were 2,148 new cases and 63 more deaths. The total number of cases rose to 15,679, and the death toll reached 277. The total number of tests performed so far was 106799.[130] Koca also broke down the regional cases for the first time, adding that confirmed cases had been detected in all 81 of Turkey's provinces.[131] Until then, regional figures were not made public to avoid people moving away from the epicenter, spreading the virus from one region to another. In Turkey, 60% of cases were seen in Istanbul.[132]
  • The Minister of Health also announced that 601 health workers had tested positive for coronavirus and 1 doctor had died.[133]
  • As of 1 April 2020, the campaign Biz Bize Yeteriz Türkiyem had raised ₺552 million.[134] After the government's decision to take money from the income of several institutions in order to make donations to this campaign, the Confederation of Public Employees' Unions filed a criminal complaint as a result of the salary cuts of the staff of many institutions such as MEB, BOTAŞ, General Directorate of Forestry, Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Social Service Provincial Directorates.[135]
  • 11 metropolitan mayors from the CHP issued a joint statement on the decision made by the government to block their donation accounts.[136]
  • With the circular issued by the Ministry of the Interior, it was announced that there should at least be a 3-meter distance between the racks in the market places, a determined number of customers could be allowed in the market, and entries and exits would be made from different places.[137]
  • Cemil Taşcıoğlu, a faculty member at the Internal Medicine Department of Istanbul University, died due to complications from COVID-19.[138] Taşçıoğlu was the first doctor to die due to COVID-19 in Turkey.[139]

2 April[edit]

  • On 2 April, Minister Koca announced that there were 2,456 new cases and 79 more deaths. The total number of cases rose to 18,757, and the death toll reached 356. The total number of tests performed so far was 125,556.[140]
  • After the donation campaign initiated by the metropolitan municipalities with CHP administration was terminated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and their bank accounts were blocked, the Ankara Bar Association issued a statement, saying: "Although the aforementioned circular and blocking process enforced by the Ministry of the Interior are clearly unlawful, the provision of social services belongs neither exclusively to the local governments nor to the central government."[141]
  • With the decision of Provincial Sanitary Boards, it was announced that those coming to Antalya, Burdur, Tunceli and Bodrum would be kept under quarantine for 14 days.[142]
  • It was decided to control the traffic in Tunceli on an even-odd base, according to the last digit of the vehicle registration plates.[143]
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with the AK Party mayors using the video conferencing method.[144]
  • PTT announced that it has temporarily closed its branches, which are usually filled with people and where social distancing rules cannot be applied.[145]

3 April[edit]

  • On 3 April, Minister Koca announced that there were 2,786 new cases and 69 more deaths. The total number of cases rose to 20,921, and the death toll reached 425. The total number of tests performed so far was 141,716.[146]
  • The Istanbul Chamber of Physicians suggested that the figures given by the Ministry of Health were based on cases that test positive for PCR, and do not include the number of 'suspected / possible cases' among inpatients or outpatients. The Chamber of Physicians also criticized the practices carried out in private hospitals in Istanbul.[147]
  • On the same day, President Erdoğan announced a 15-day entrance ban to 30 metropolitan municipalities as well as Zonguldak. Also, the curfew was extended to people younger than 20 years old. Using masks in public places became mandatory.[148] However, with the additional circular issued and sent to all provinces, exceptions to this ban were determined. According to the new order, procedures involving health care assistance, funerals, military and passenger transports would be exempted from the ban, provided that certain conditions were met.[149]
  • Istanbul and Ankara Metropolitan Municipalities announced that free masks would be distributed to the public after a ban on traveling without a mask in public transport vehicles was enforced.[150]
  • The Turkish Football Federation said in a statement that the league could start at the earliest in early June, and the situation would be reassessed by the Board of Directors in the first week of May.[151][152][153]
  • Turkish Airlines stopped domestic flights until 20 April.[154]
  • The Kocaeli Governorate announced that it was forbidden to leave a job in the province for 15 days. The governor's office later issued a new statement, saying that the previous one was released by accident.[155]

4 April[edit]

  • On 4 April 2020, Minister Koca stated that the total number of confirmed cases increased to 23,934 and the total number of deaths to 501. He added that 19,664 tests had been carried out in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to 161,380 since the outbreak began.[156]
  • Also on 4 April 2020, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kıran announced that the death toll of Turkish expatriates who lost their lives to COVID-19 reached to 156.[157] Kıran tweeted that 55 in France, 31 in Germany, 22 in Netherlands, 16 in UK, 14 in Belgium, 7 in US, 5 in Sweden, 3 in Switzerland, 2 in Austria and 1 in Lebanon died because of the disease.[157]
  • Tekirdağ Governorate announced that public transportation would be stopped in the province for 15 days.[158]
  • Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu stated on his Twitter account that starting from Monday, 6 April, the metro services would be made until 9:00 PM. He also added that the İstiklal Street trams and the F1 Taksim–Kabataş funicular line would be stopped and emergency lighting system would be implemented at metro stations.[159][160][161][162]

5 April[edit]

  • On 5 April 2020, the death toll rose to 574, and the number of confirmed cases increased to 27,069. Out of the confirmed cases, 1,381 people were receiving treatment in intensive care units, 935 of which also received respiratory support.[163]
  • The Ministry of the Interior announced in its circular that workers between the ages of 18 and 20 would be exempted from the curfew set by the government for people under the age of 20.[164]

6 April[edit]

  • On 6 April 2020, the Ministry of Health stated that the total number of confirmed cases increased to 30,217 and the total number of deaths to 649. They added that 21,400 tests had been carried out in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out in Turkey to 202,845 since the outbreak began.[165]

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