Erdogan says Turkey faces a ‘historic catastrophe’ amid virus

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Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the nation faces a “historic catastrophe” because it suffered its deadliest day but from the coronavirus pandemic.

“At a time when we are living through a historic catastrophe, we are in a better place compared to many other countries, but this is not enough. We are carrying out our struggle without panicking, with smart, balanced and realistic measures”, Erdogan advised mayors from his occasion in a videoconference that TV stations broadcast dwell.

Turkey at present has 18,135 instances and 356 deaths from the virus. Testing within the nation has elevated to 18,135 a day, nearly double the speed simply 5 days in the past. However, well being minister Fahrettin Koca stated the virus has contaminated 601 medical professionals within the nation.

On Thursday, Erdogan additionally threatened the opposition who criticised the federal government’s response to the outbreak: “Our people will give the appropriate response to those who think they are outside and above the Turkish Republic state. I am saying clearly that those trying to dynamite a project that symbolizes the partnership of 83 million [citizens] is beyond negligence. The mass conscience will not forget those engaged in political profiteering at a time like this”, he stated.

The nation’s measures embrace searching for approval earlier than making intercity journeys, and the closure of picnic areas, forests and archaeological websites over weekends. All worldwide flights to and from Turkey are additionally suspended.