Minister of Health: "Everyone Should Declare Their Own ´State of Emergency´"The Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, who received the joint admiration of both the government and the opposition parties in the parliament, on the fight with the Coronavirus issue, stated while speaking to Abdülkadir Selvi from Hürriyet Newspaper that everyone should declare their own ´state of emergency´.
Minister Koca reminding that we have to isolate ourselves as much as possible for 2-3 weeks in order to prevent the spreading of the virus further, remarked that currently such a state (declaration of State of Emergency) is not of an issue and said, "You declare your own 'State of Emergency', take your precautions."
Stating that he is washing his own hands once every 2-3 hours, said that the spreading of the virus may reach the peak height in 2-3 weeks, and advised that we have to minimize getting out of our house if unnecessary.
Koca, during his speech in the parliement, remarked that the Coronavirus deaths were generally seen at old age and/or people with hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic heart lung diseases.
Koca stating that Turkey had acted fast and effective since the virus was announced to the world on January 10th, said the following concerning our borders:
"We closed our land border crossings seeing that our neighbors' fight with the virus was poor. We took in our citizens who arrived from those countries with a health check and 14-days isolation precautions. In the meantime, we started operations to evacuate our citizens that were in the countries we had implemented flight restrictions and border closures with. Our first operation was towards our citizens in Wuhan city where the epidemic had started in the first place. The incident was identified as 'pandemic' on March 11th. The logic of our fight was as such from the very beginning. The public institutions were notified of the steps to be taken. We drew conclusions from the mistakes done in the countries where the virus had spread rapidly."