Turkey to create digital platform for coronavirus briefing

Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday Turkey would create a digital platform to inform the public with data on the outbreak, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The application would be made available for the public to easily obtain information about the coronavirus pandemic, he said. The Turkish government was repeatedly criticised for not being transparent enough during the coronavirus crisis.

The total number of patients, tests, deaths, intensive care patients and recovered will be updated daily and shared with the public regularly, the minister added.

Koca also repeated the Turkish government’s call for citizens to self-isolate, but dismissed a possible lockdown in the near future.

“Anybody can declare their own state of emergency,” Koca said. “It does not have to be the state that declares it. The crux of the fight is that every single person isolates themselves.”

Meanwhile, in the same press conference, Education Minister Ziya Selçuk announced that Turkey would extend the closure of schools in the country until April 30 and the education would continue with online and broadcast lessons.