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Despite pandemic, the establishment as usual: crackdown on HDP municipalities; local journalists intimitated, political prisoners are left to their fates…

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2020 at 16:53

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Friday Prayer was performed in a single mosque, Beştepe Mosque, in this way.

 

Following the orders of the university’s rector, a field harvesting local seeds and plants at Pamukkale University in the province of Denizli was recently bulldozed.

The field, which was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU, was bulldozed for the purpose of creating a social facility. Students assembled in front of the bulldozers for the purpose of saving the field.

Like all governments around the world, the Turkish government has a number of tough calls to make during this time of public health turned economic crisis. The trade-off is straightforward. Governments must keep an eye on two curves. The first one shows the number of infected patients. That curve is a function of the number of people tested on daily basis. So it may or may not increase depending on the number of tests that are being undertaken. Yet official figures are now somewhat irrelevant.

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in the southeastern provinces as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the party’s co-chair said.

Detained over a news report on coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, İsmet Çiğit, the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper from Kocaeli, says, “I know that the news is true. The state wanted to intimidate. But we now only report on official statements.”
Human Rights Watch – Mar 23, 7:56 AM

The risk the coronavirus pandemic poses to staff and inmates in Turkey’s vastly overcrowded prisons has prompted the government to accelerate a plan to substitute prison time with alternatives such as early parole and house arrest. While a welcome

A legal action has been taken against 316 social media users who shared images or voice records about Covid-19. The total number of probed social media accounts has hit 1,748.
Evin Jiyan Kışanak, Hülya Oruç, Zeynep Mızraklı, Mehmet Altan and Özge Terkoğlu slam the 3rd Judicial Reform Package for excluding political prisoners from reduced prison sentences to be introduced by the amended legal regulation on execution.
Turkey on March 23 launched TV-based distance learning for around 18 million primary, secondary and high-school students, with Education Minister Ziya Selçuk giving the first lecture as he advised families to create the necessary conditions for their children at home.
Turkish state-run television broadcast an animated video of the hanging of a Turkish prime minister…
Around 150 foreign journalists in Turkey have been forced to wait for more than two months for the…
In the past ten years, Turkey’s foreign policy has experienced major shifts in alliances. While it bolstered its relations with some countries, it undermined other alliances. For the past five years in particular, Turkey’s close ties with Russia and other countries in the East has drawn it away from NATO and the EU.

Yet amid rising tensions with Russia in Syria, the question arose of whether Turkey has any real allies on the international stage. At TürkiyeRaporu.com, we asked our respondents to rate the following countries and international organizations based on how much they trust them.


Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

The country is winding down an aggressive two-week operation to move tens of thousands of migrants to its frontiers. But relations with Greece and Europe have suffered.

Who’s who in Babacan’s party?

Neşe İdil / Duvar English

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party on March 9, with the list of the founders including 90 individuals.

Being one of the founding members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Babacan announced his resignation eight months ago over “deep differences.”

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“free online resources for teaching gender and media

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 at 22:19

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Message from Karen Ross and Claudia Padovani

Hello colleagues – we hope that you are finding ways to manage this new and troubling normal as we each navigate  routes through our fears and uncertainties. For most of us, we continue to work with our students and our colleagues as their lives and ours cannot simply stop mid-semester, mid-exams, mid-assessment. In many of our universities, colleagues are on a very steep learning curve as we move our teaching online and develop new ways of engaging and supporting the learning process.

So, we thought this would be a timely moment to remind you about the resources we have developed as part of the Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI) project, which you can find here.  All the resources are free to download and repurpose as you wish, integrating aspects into your existing teaching or incorporating them into new material you are developing.

First of all, there are a set of learning units which together comprise a self-contained course on teaching about gender and media which includes mini-lectures, interviews, tasks for learners to complete and relevant resources. These units cover different aspects of gender and news media that you may consider discussing in your courses, from representation to working conditions, from violence against women journalists to relevant policy developments, and a range of other topics.

The platform also hosts a Resources Bank of Good Practices with lots of examples of ways in which gender equality in the media is being and has been supported in different ways; and interviews with a variety of media practitioners, policy-makers and civil society organisations discussing some of the problems and some creative solutions to addressing gender inequalities. Both the good practices and the interviews can be useful ice-breakers for class discussion or starting points for creative activities to be carried out by students online. All the AGEMI resources are free to stream or download although the learning units require a one-time registration which is basically your email address.

In the spirit of collegiality and sharing good practices, we have also set up a shared online space – a Padlet blackboard – which is accessible to anyone and which we have started to populate with some useful links, including to AGEMI. It would be great if you could add your own useful resources, weblinks, TED Talks, YouTube video links and other online resources of relevance. In this way, we can collectively crowd-source a repository of interesting and diverse teaching materials to draw from in the design and delivery of online courses.

Anyway, we hope that you can find something of use and interest among the AGEMI resources and that using them releases time to devote to other things.  We have spent many months bringing these resources together in one place and it would be brilliant to imagine that we have provided something of real value to our academic colleagues.  If you do use them, it would be nice if you would credit AGEMI and send us a line of feedback.

Thinking of all our colleagues who are doing their best to survive, create and look forward to the light at the end of this darkness.

Karen and Claudia

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#Covid-19 updates: “Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Are a Public Health Hazard” while “Boris Johnson in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 at 18:24

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The UK prime minister said he had mild symptoms but will continue to lead government.
It’s time to debunk the worst—and most dangerous—Covid-19 misinformation.

Chaos for European Exchange Students

Borders are erected and flights are canceled.

US has most confirmed COVID-19 cases in world

The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country in the world with more than 83,500,

Presidents Fear Financial, and Human, Toll of Coronavirus

Student and employee mental health is campus leaders’ top short-term concern, while financial viability and enrollment are their biggest long-term worries, survey finds.

Virtual Thesis Defense

Ph.D. students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal

The Guardian

Egyptian authorities have forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported on a scientific study that said Egypt was likely to have many more coronavirus cases than have been officially confirmed. Ruth Michaelson, who has lived

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#Europe agenda: “Spain plans to use robots to test 80,000 people a day for the coronavirus…

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 at 11:28

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Spain plans to deploy a fleet of robots that will automate the country’s coronavirus testing. Swift testing is essential to curtail the spread of the pandemic. But it also exposes testers to the infection, risking their lives and further straining a workforce already stretched beyond its limits.

Coronavirus: Spanish army finds care home residents ‘dead and abandoned’

An inquiry is launched after soldiers discover elderly coronavirus victims “dead in their beds”.

The Coronavirus Could Destroy the EU

After the debt crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit, the union was already reeling. COVID-19 could be the final blow.

The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker


This morning in Zagreb, Croatia. First Coronavirus now earthquake 🙁 from europe

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The guidelines are helped by the Swedish welfare state. Paid sick leave and childcare help people to stay away from work.

Zagreb hit by largest earthquake in 140 years

The Coratian PM says the 5.3 magnitude earthquake is the largest to hit Zagreb in 140 years.
During a war waged by an invisible enemy, photographers on the frontlines share images of solitude and separation.

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#Corona-19 updates: As Turkey’s Coronavirus Tally Reaches 75 Deaths, 3,629 Cases, Erdoğan is hopeful: “Nothing will be the Same, We Enter New Era with Advantages

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2020 at 23:19

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Turkey’s coronavirus tally has reached 75 deaths and 3,629 cases as 1,196 people tested positive and 16 people died in the last 24 hours.

Virus kills 33-year-old Turkish woman

A 33-year-old woman, Dilek Tahtalı, has become one of latest victims of the coronavirus in Turkey.

 

Moody’s has revised its growth forecasts downward for 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, as it also said that it expects Turkey’s economy to be hit the hardest.

In a statement on coronavirus measures, President Erdoğan has said, “World is headed towards an era where nothing will be the same in the aftermath of this pandemic. We are entering this new era with great advantages and a strong infrastructure.”

As speculation, rumours and confusion intensifies around Covid-19, journalists are under increased pressure to ensure they provide robust, trustworthy information to the public.

But with an unprecedented volume of information circulating across social networks and within private messaging groups, teams of journalists are at risk of becoming overwhelmed. Distressing events, the direct threat of the virus and new isolated work practices all add to increased psychological pressure on those tasked with reporting the pandemic.

Coronavirus: How Covid-19 is denying dignity to the dead in Italy

Funerals have been banned in Italy – robbing many families of the chance to say a final goodbye.
Coronavirus: How Covid-19 is denying dignity to the dead in Italy

Funerals have been banned in Italy – robbing many families of the chance to say a final goodbye.
The Financial Times – Mario Draghi – Mar 25, 1:02 PM

This article is part of a series in which leading commentators and policymakers give their views on alleviating the devastating global slowdown The writer is a former president of the European Central Bank The coronavirus pandemic is a human

Turkey’s interior minister said today the government has arrested 410 people for making “provocative” posts on social media about the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to worsen in the country and around the world.

From Reuters:

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu praised Turks for complying with social distancing measures imposed so far to curtail the spread of the disease, and said this meant tighter controls such as a curfew may be unnecessary.

Iconic Art & Design Reimagined for the Social Distancing Era

While it predates the COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying social distancing by several years, José Manuel Ballester’s Concealed Spaces project reimagines iconic works of art without the people in them (like what’s happening to our public spaces right now). No one showed up for Leonardo’s Last Supper:

Governments mobilized digital surveillance to contain the spread of the virus

Electronic tracking bracelet on a passenger at Hong Kong International Airport. File photo: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

The following post written by Shui-yin Sharon Yam, Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, was originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on 24 March 2020 and republished here on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement. 

Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19.

Track confirmed Covid-19 cases by country, state, and region

Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider made a set of interactive charts to track confirmed coronavirus cases. Switch between regions and scales. See the data normalized for population or not. See trends for active cases, confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries.


MADRID — Before the outbreak in Spain began, the only people who went in and out of the small hospital where Alfonso Molina Moreno works as a nurse were visitors, staffers, and cleaning crews. Patients come to Hospital La Fuenfria for long-term, palliative care and Moreno, who has worked as a nurse for 16 years, found a sense of purpose in bringing them care and company at the end of their lives. Now, he and his colleagues worry that they’re doing harm. A few days before we spoke, patients at the facility started testing positive for COVID-19. “We don’t know where it came from,” Moreno said. “We don’t know whether we, the staff, brought it here. We don’t know whether it was due to the patients’ visitors. We don’t know the source.” The hospital has cut off all visits. Staffers now take exhaustive precautions when working with patients who have tested positive—putting on protective equipment they dispose of in contaminated rooms and washing their hands on both sides of the door. But there’s still a degree of uncertainty. When we spoke, Morena hadn’t been tested, and Spain’s health ministry says health workers currently make up 12-percent of positive cases. Now, as the country scrambles to contain the virus it’s ordered 640,000 test kits from China and Korea in an effort to screen health workers and the most vulnerable. The hope is that this will help identify people who need to self-isolate. Morena isn’t just thinking of the patients he’s now caring for. He’s worried about how long the virus was in the hospital. After a patient with cervical cancer died, a post-mortem X-ray showed her lungs had advanced, bilateral pneumonia. “It could have been coronavirus, right? She wasn’t tested,” he said. “And it’s like, oh my God, to what extent—let’s see, this needs a pinch of salt but—what if it was me? That’s it. So I can’t hide it, because you really don’t know. Even with all the security measures in place, you still don’t know.” Like everyone working despite an outbreak, Morena worries about infecting his loved ones. “I told this to my colleagues, and we have this kind of sharing moment. We’re all going through this bad phase, this suffering.” But he isn’t thinking about quitting. “I really find myself fortunate to be able to work because I have the chance to go and feel useful,” he says. He’s even volunteered to take on more shifts. “The healthcare providers, at this moment, we have to be there no matter what. Because if it is not us, who will it be then? There is no one else.”

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#istanbul news roundup: Study shows correlation between socioeconomic status and levels of self-isolation in Istanbul…

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2020 at 12:51

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A study carried out by analyzing smartphone data showed a significant correlation between the socioeconomic status of the people in Istanbul and their levels of self-isolation.

Veloxity analyzed smartphone roaming data of one million people in Istanbul to determine the districts that apply self-isolation the most, technology news website Webtekno reported on March 25.

As part of the study, roaming data of the smartphones was analyzed for seven days starting from March 17 and a map was formed based on the data.


21 Turkmen die in Istanbul after drinking fake, anti-coronavirus alcohol

Twenty people have died in a week in Istanbul after drinking fake alcohol, CNN Turk reported. The people who drank the counterfeit alcohol from




Thousands of people have been stranded at Istanbul Airport for a week due to the shutdown of

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar closes due to coronavirus pandemic

The famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The enormous covered market draws hundreds of

Taxi, Minibus and Minibuses are Disinfected in Istanbul

The number of stations will be increased to 100 this week. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), which continues its struggle against coronavirus in

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#Covid-19 updates: The sum of Turkey’s policy- “World tracks virus spread via the internet, in Turkey they wait for a minister

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2020 at 17:21

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World tracks virus spread via the internet, in Turkey they wait for a minister | Ahval

A lawyer and board member of anti-corruption organisation Transparency International has called on…
Seven people have died and 343 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 since yesterday.

Sinan Saygılı / Duvar

Turkey’s “Economic Stability Shield’ package worth 100 billion Turkish Lira effectively forces loans on small and medium size businesses under the guise of a tax deferral as small enterprises struggle to stay afloat amid the coronavirus outbreak.

More people in Turkey worried about unemployment than about coronavirus pandemic

Duvar English More people in Turkey are afraid of becoming unemployed amid the coronavirus pandemic than fear the virus
Erdoğan Briefed by Ministers via Videoconference, Sits Apart from Aides
The President sat apart from his aides to socially distance at the meeting where he was briefed by ministers on the efforts against the pandemic.
Turkey’s Day-to-Day Struggle Against Coronavirus

While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has climbed to 1,872 in Turkey as of yesterday, the death toll has hit 44. Turkey’s

Joint declaration from Unions and Medical Association about Covid-19

KESK, DİSK, TTB and TMMOB said that they were not invited to ”Struggling with Coronavirus Summit” and they have been

Turkey’s Football ‘Emperor’ Who Warned About Virus Tests Positive

After Fatih Terim’s Istanbul-based Galatasaray team played a goalless draw with Besiktas without spectators on March 15, Terim said games should

Turkey finally postpones its football league

The midfielder has been at Besiktas since 2013, having won two Super Lig titles with the club, and despite his advancing years, he was a regular part

IPI launches website to monitor attacks on press linked to COVID-19 coverage

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Digital / online ethnography – collecting and sharing resources #Anthropology roundup

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2020 at 15:51

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Members of the Media Anthropology shared some resources recently…

EASA Media Anthropology Network e-seminars:

http://www.media-anthropology.net/index.php/e-seminars

Philipp Budka himself started to set up a list of selected resources, and he will appreciate any further suggestions via e-mail or
comments:
http://www.philbu.net/blog/digital-and-online-ethnography-a-selection-of-resources/

 

The Berghahn series on Anthropology of Media is yet another source for full ethnographies and edited collections on the topic:
https://www.berghahnbooks.com/series/anthropology-of-media

Heikki Wilenius set up a literature list asking for short annotations of
entries:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OrVaVQi_UPA54eUX8u-mVbUZpUHsNxG5VCfGDRF-Hu0/edit

And there is the list created by the LSE Digital Ethnography Collective,
also asking for contributions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RaFQdQFdijQs6eQ_UlZRBuF30oD80uvisDyJXFjwuzw/edit

MacLeod, Scott GK. (2020). Ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy –
https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy.
See, too: MacLeod, “Naked Harbin Ethnography” –
http://www.scottmacleod.com/research-group.html. (Foreword by Nelson H.H.
Graburn). http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html.
Berkeley, CA: Academic Press at World University and School.

And here’s a related book I’ve added to these resources’ lists:
MacLeod, Scott GK. (2016). Naked Harbin Ethnography: Hippies, Warm Pools,
Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality & Virtual Harbin. (Foreword by Nelson
H.H. Graburn). http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html.
Berkeley, CA: Academic Press at World University and School.

Also, as the founder of CC-4 MIT OCW-centric wiki World University and
School, here are some related wiki subject pages in English (so far) for
open teaching and learning, and with much MIT OpenCourseWare anthropology,
and which will be too in Wikidata’s ~300 languages eventually (since WUaS
donated itself to Wikidata in 2015 for co-development, and received the
WUaS Miraheze MediaWiki in 2017, but they’re not yet interoperable):

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Ethnography

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Anthropology

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Virtual_Worlds

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Visual_Anthropology

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Ethnomusicology

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Ethnographic_Film

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Ethnographic_Fiction

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Subjects

(WUaS is seeking even to develop Archaeological robotics first with Lego
Robotics’ kits in Google Street View with Brick Street View – where ‘brick’
here refers to a Lego brick – as these develop for archaeology …
https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Archaeology – in a single
realistic virtual earth for archaeology –
https://twitter.com/hashtag/RealisticVirtualEarthForArchaeology?src=hashtag_click
and
you’ll find an image here –
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1235357771744169985?s=20 And MIT
itself doesn’t have an archaeology department, and regarding digital
archaeology).

As we shelter in, am seeking for all of us to be able to visit Harbin Hot
Springs virtually and soak, as well as walk all over the earth in a Google
Street View digital mask, as a kind of tourism even, and potentially to
practice ethnography as well. (The idea in this humorous very brief story
here –
https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2020/03/high-sierra-snow-pack-heres-beginning.html
– is even to be able to hike the PCT in Google Street View with time slider
from home in a digital mask on an elliptical machine (or treadmill) for
stress reduction and exercise in these challenging novel coronavirus times.
(Search on ‘treadmill’ here –
https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/12/ceres-dwarf-planet-thanks-astroedlu-for.html
– and here –
https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2020/02/anagallis-arvensis-tour-us-national.html
– for example, and indead to walk all over earth in a digital mask in a
SINGLE realistic virtual earth in something like Google Street View with
TIME SLIDER / MAPS /Earth / Tensorflow / Translate and with avatar bots+)).

Have added these resources to –
Resources on online ethnography
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OrVaVQi_UPA54eUX8u-mVbUZpUHsNxG5VCfGDRF-Hu0/edit?usp=sharing

LSE Digital Ethnography Collective Reading List SHARED DOC – March 2020
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RaFQdQFdijQs6eQ_UlZRBuF30oD80uvisDyJXFjwuzw/edit?usp=sharing


 

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Archaeologists discover lost capital of ancient Maya Kingdom

Archaeologists discover lost capital of ancient Maya Kingdom
Is It Ever OK to Publish Photographs of Human Remains?

Neanderthals Traversed Vast Distances

Chagyrskaya Cave holds clues about Neanderthal dispersals from what is today Eastern Europe to Southern Siberia. Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons.

Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) fossils were first discovered in Western Europe in the mid-19th century. That was just the first in a long line of surprises thrown up by our closest evolutionary cousins.

Coronavirus in Brazil, indigenous health, fake politics and a way out

by Ana Letícia Schweig, Caio Flores-Coelho e Maria Paula Prates

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#Covid19 updates: “Citizens 65 Years and Older, Chronically Ill Restricted from Going Out in Public

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2020 at 14:51

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Minister of Health has announced that 12 more people have lost their lives and 277 new Covid-19 cases have been diagnosed in Turkey in the last 24 hours. Accordingly, the death toll has increased to 21 and the number of cases to 947.
As part of coronavirus measures, the Ministry of Interior has restricted citizens who are 65 years and older and who have chronic diseases from going out in public and walking in open areas such as parks and gardens as of this midnight.

Connecting people with COVID-19 information and resources

Since the beginning of the year, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb around the world. Right now the disease is the largest topic people are looking for globally, surpassing even some of the most common and consistent queries we see in Search.

About a million of the people who are members of the Reddit discussion group r/coronavirus joined in just the past week. The subreddit is getting some recognition now as a pretty reliably good source of community-moderated news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

The World Health Organization is partnering with the messaging app to help ensure trustworthy information gets out.
How is it spread? Why’s it called “coronavirus”? Dr. Seema Yasmin answers your burning questions about the pandemic.
After İstanbul mayor complained that more than 100 thousand older people use public transport daily, a district municipality has removed park benches to discourage the elderly from going out during the pandemic.

A professor from Turkish Health Ministry’s Science Council has listed the provinces under the highest risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), as the country struggles to contain the highly contagious virus.

Health experts say the virus has likely been in some U.S. communities for weeks, and that some people have…
PM Igor Matovic assumes office at a ceremony with participants wearing facial masks as precaution against COVID-19.
Time – Abigail Abrams – Mar 19, 2:55 PM

When Danni Askini started feeling chest pain, shortness of breath and a migraine all at once on a Saturday in late February, she called the oncologist who had been treating her lymphoma. Her doctor thought she might be reacting poorly to a new

Social media users in Turkey have pointed to the ages of politicians after the country imposed a partial curfew on March 21 for citizens over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases.

Dozens of politicians are above the age of 65 in Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan being 66 years old.

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An entrepreneur’s guide to startup resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

A message of ‘stay safe’ is being said and shared repeatedly these weeks, and it’s echoed across communities with great

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#istanbul is now a ghost city- to a large extent #covid19

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2020 at 14:51

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Disinfection of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district

Disinfection of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district. On Friday, Turkey recorded five more deaths due to the coronavirus, bringing the overall total to
A member of the Fatih Municipality wakes up a homeless as he disinfects the Sultanahmet square in Istanbul to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A picture by #AFP photographer @Kilicbi

Filiz Gazi – Hacı Bişkin / DUVAR

As the number of coronavirus cases in Turkey continues to rise daily, the precautions have also increased. It is nearly impossible to see people on some of Istanbul’s most crowded streets. Every time someone coughs or sneezes they are looked upon with anger, and shops are closing their doors one by one.

People at shopping malls, in bookstores, in shops of Beyoğlu… It is far less crowded than usual. There are few people on the streets, most of them with masks. Trying to keep my social distance, I ask, “How has coronavirus affected your lives?”

Turkish taxi drivers protest decrease in passengers due to coronavirus

 

Taxi drivers in Istanbul’s Esenyurt and Beylikdüzü districts staged a protest, saying that they have difficulties in paying rents to the license owners.

 

Istanbul Municipality has prepared informative videos on coronavirus (COVID-19) in five different languages as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Suspending 24/7 services, the municipality has prepared infographics and animated movies on the coronavirus pandemic in five languages.

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