While the number of new corona infections in Turkey is increasing massively, President Erdoğan is holding a party conference in a fully occupied hall. The opposition reacts indignantly.
The number of infections with the corona virus has risen sharply again in Turkey. The Ministry of Health reported around 30,000 new infections in one day on Wednesday – the highest number since the end of last year. Opposition politicians meanwhile criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who held a party congress in a fully occupied sports hall in Ankara despite the rising number of cases.
Erdoğan was confirmed as chairman of his ruling party, the AKP, at the party congress. The pictures showed that some AKP supporters did not wear masks, even though masking is mandatory in Turkey.
Opposition: The government should be ashamed
The MP for the largest opposition party, the CHP, and medical practitioner, Murat Emir, wrote on Twitter that the government should be ashamed of the health care workers fighting the pandemic. The Turkish government had previously been criticized for holding major events in the pandemic.
The Turkish Ministry of Health also reported 146 deaths related to the coronavirus on Thursday. The seven-day incidence in the metropolis of Istanbul was around 251 last week, and around 108 in the capital Ankara.
Cafes in Istanbul open again
Turkey began gradual easing in several regions, including Istanbul, in early March. For example, restaurants and cafes in the metropolis were allowed to reopen. There are still curfews in the evening nationwide.
The country of around 84 million people has reported around three million coronavirus infections and around 30,500 deaths related to Covid-19 since the pandemic began. Turkey has been vaccinating against the coronavirus with the vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac since mid-January.