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  1. Minister Koca announced via Twitter that anyone over 55 years of age can, as of today, get their vaccination appointment on the phone, dialling 182 or on the internet via MHRS. Source: Cumhurriyet
  2. Dr. Haluk Eraksoy, president of the Istanbul University Hospital department of Infectious Diseases and Dr Cenap Sarialioğlu, from the Pharmacists Chamber, warned the population against the use of quick Covid test kits. Because of the technique used, those tests tend to give false results, whether positive or negative. ''In order to properly measure antibodies in blood the best technique to use is Elisa and such tests are performed at hospitals'', said Dr Eraksoy. There are approximately 100 different brands in the market and even though they have been banned for sale at pharmacies, p
  3. In an announcement which appeared yesterday in the Official Gazette, the Central Bank of Turkey has banned all manner of payments for goods or services, whether direct or indirect, with cryptocurrencies. Companies that handle payments and electronic fund transfers are forbidden to process transactions that involve such instruments. The measure will come into full effect on April 30th. After having ranked 3rd in the world in the use of digital money and versus an inflation weakened Lira, Turkey saw the significant drop in prices on Friday. Some of the reasons alleged by the Centr
  4. Turkey's Personal Data Protection Board (K.V.K.K.) stated on Thursday that the id data, contact information (phone, address, e-mail,etc), credit risk assessment of 2,484 clients of the bank had been leaked by an employee who had sold the database to third parties. Source: Daily Sabah
  5. The clinical trial data from both Pfizer and Moderna shows they are around 95% effective leaving 5% of those fully vaccinated individuals at risk for infection even a short time following the complete dose. As of the first week of April, Israeli scientists have had the opportunity to examine large groups of those who were both infected between doses and after completing 2 doses, since 80% of the adult population has been vaccinated, the majority with Pfizer and the rest with Moderna. On comparing vaccine efficacy against wild type Covid and the two main variants, the results showed t
  6. After a cabinet meeting, President Recep T. Erdoğan, informed the population that in order to stop the spike in the number of cases of Covid-19, the following would be the measures to be adopted during the first two weeks of Ramadan: Weekday curfew hours will be from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. During lockdown hours, intercity travel is banned unless it is an emergency. Restrictions on urban transportation for people 65 and older as well as 18 and younger are in place once again. Activities in the public sector will end at 4 p.m. Pregnant women as well as those with chron
  7. Nearly all cargo, passenger and charter flights between Russia and Turkey have been suspended from Thursday, April 15 to June 1 in line with the decision of the Russian federal anti-corona virus crisis center. Air service with Turkey will be resumed as soon as the coronavirus situation in this country stabilizes. Both Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines will continue regular flights to and from Istanbul twice a week. Tatyana Golikova, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, noted that Russian nationals staying in Turkey would be able to return home by chartered flights. Aeroflot, Pobeda, and S7 have alr
  8. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that England will move to the second stage of easing lock down measures next week. In a news conference, he gave permission to shops, restaurants, pubs and hairdressers as well as gyms and other non-essential services to reopen their doors to the public on April 12. Johnson also announced a “traffic light system” that would categorize countries into classes of red, amber or green for people willing to travel abroad. Green destinations will not require quarantine, but red and amber countries will. Foreign countries will be classified
  9. At a moment when many countries around the world are considering developing a Covid-19 vaccination passport, the WHO spokesperson, Dr Margaret Harris, said: ‘’ We would not like to see vaccination passports as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not sure at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmissions’’, though this strategy, ‘’may well be important in the future,” she added. On the other hand, Dr. Harris said that the virus “has really exposed the stark inequities in access to and coverage of health services’’. ‘’Groups who already faced discrimination, poverty, social
  10. The Turkish Statistical Institute will announce the March consumer prices index on April 5th. A group of 20 economists predicts that monthly inflation will average 1.09%, varying between 0.49% and 1.75%. The Turkish Central Bank expects the year-end inflation rate to hit 9.4% this year, while under Turkey's new economic program for 2021-2023, the country's inflation rate target for 2020 is 8%. Source: Anadolu Ajansı
  11. Tuesday marked the highest daily rise in corona virus cases for all the provinces: 37,303. In Istanbul, the number of weekly cases rose to around 401, from 251 in the previous week, whereas 184 cases were registered in Ankara which had had around 107 cases per 100,000 people. President Erdoğan announced on Monday that weekend curfews, though partially lifted recently, would be reinstated as well as 56-hour lockdowns from Friday to early Monday in high-risk provinces. A full nationwide weekend lockdown will also be implemented throughout the upcoming Ramadan Bayram. On Tuesday
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