At the weekend, Turkey imposed a partial curfew on citizens aged over 65 or with chronic diseases and created groups to meet their needs in a bid to stem the spread of the outbreak among the most vulnerable.
Turkey’s government increased support for elderly people isolated at home and tightened restrictions on food shopping and travel on Tuesday after the country’s death toll from the Coronavirus rose to 37.
“I haven’t gone out for a month,” said Seher Poyraz, 67, following a delivery of food to her Istanbul home, where she lives alone. “I bought some supplies but they are almost finished now.”
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the new death toll late on Monday and said confirmed cases had risen by 293 to 1,529.
Turkey has ordered rapid testing kits from China, as well as medicine that he said he been used to treat Coronavirus patients. The medication was distributed to provinces by ambulance planes on Monday night, the health ministry said.
Some 50,000 kits had already arrived from China and arrangements have been made to use one million, Koca said.
Ankara has already closed schools, cafes and bars, banned mass prayers, postponed sports matches, and suspended flights to many countries.
On Tuesday, it also imposed restrictions on grocery store opening hours and numbers of customers allowed in shops and bus passengers to 50% of the vehicle’s capacity.
The Turkish Competition Board said late on Monday there had been opportunist, excessive food price rises, notably for fruit and vegetable products, and said it would impose severe fines on those found to be responsible.