Turkey’s latest virus figures confirm experts’ bad ideas

Turkey's latest virus figures confirm experts' bad ideas

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – As Turkey changed the way it reports daily Kovid-19 infections, medical groups and opposition parties have long confirmed what they suspected – that Turkey is facing a horrendous increase in cases of rapidly deteriorating health. System.

In an interview, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests – not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms – but more than 30,000 daily cases. With the new data, the country has jumped from being one of the least affected countries in Europe to the most affected countries.

Not surprisingly, the Turkish Medical Association has been warned for months that the government’s previous figures obscure the seriousness of the outbreak and that the lack of transparency could lead to a jump. However, the team says the ministry’s figures are still low, with an estimated 50,000 new infections per day.

No country can report accurate numbers of the spread of the disease as many symptoms have not been detected, but the previous enumeration method was found to be relatively good in international comparisons, with new cases reported daily in European countries, including Italy, Britain and France.

Turkey’s daily cashload quadrupled from about 7,400 to 28,300 on Wednesday.

Hospitals across the country are overcrowded, medical staff are being burned, and contract tracers, once credited with controlling the eruption, are struggling to track broadcasts, Sebnem Korur, head of the association, told the Associated Press.

“This is a complete storm,” said Financi, who has been under attack by Erdogan and his national allies for questioning the government’s figures and response to the explosion.

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Although the health minister has set the ICU bed occupancy rate at 70%, Ebru Kiraner, head of the Istanbul-based Association of Intensive Care Nurses, says the beds in Istanbul’s hospital intensive care unit are almost full and doctors are looking for places to treat critically ill patients.

She said there was a shortage of nurses and the existing nursing staff was exhausted.

“Since March, ICU nurses have not been able to return to normal life,” she told the AP. “Their children have not seen masked faces for months.”

However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Erdogan’s government. He accused the public of failing to wear the mask, saying it was mandatory and following the rules of social distance.

Expressing the seriousness of the explosion, Turkey last month suspended leave for health workers and temporarily banned resignations and early retirement during the outbreak. A similar ban was imposed in March for three months.

The death toll from the CO official newspaper COVID-19 has risen to record highs. It reached 13,373 on Saturday. 182 new deaths. As a reversal of the country’s fortunes, it was lauded for helping to reduce mortality. But even those record numbers remain in dispute.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on November 22 that 186 people had died of infectious diseases in the city. The government announced only 139 Kovid-19 deaths a day across the country. The mayor said there are about 450 cemeteries per day in 15 million cities, compared to the average of 180-200 recorded in November last year.

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“Only through a transparent process can we overcome the explosion,” said Imamoglu, from Turkey’s main opposition party. Russia and Germany have announced higher death tolls. Did Germany lose its luster? Did Russia collapse? ”

Health Minister Fahretin Coca-Cola rejected Imamoglu’s arguments: “I want to underline that all the figures I give are accurate.”

Last week, Erdogan announced a number of restrictions in an effort to prevent an epidemic without affecting the already weak economy or business. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections. He imposed curfews for the first time since June, but limited them to weekend evenings, closing restaurants and cafes other than take-out services, and restricting the opening hours of malls, shops and hairdressers.

Finconci and Kiranar said these measures are not sufficient to accommodate the transmission.

“We need a lockdown of at least two weeks, or at least four weeks, which science considers the most appropriate amount,” Fincanci said.

Coca-Cola said the number of serious illnesses and deaths was rising and that some cities, including Istanbul and Izmir, were experiencing their “third peak.” He said Turkey would wait two weeks to see the effects of the weekend curfew and other restrictions before considering tighter lockdowns.

Meanwhile, the country has reached an agreement to receive 50 million doses of the vaccine, developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which is expected to start giving to medical staff and chronic patients next month. Negotiations are also underway to purchase a vaccine developed by Pfizer in collaboration with BioNotech Pharmaceutical Company. A Turkish-developed vaccine is ready for use in April.

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Erdogan said he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the possibility of buying a vaccine developed by that country.


This report was contributed by Zinep Biljinsoy of Istanbul.

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