Turkey now EU’s 6th largest trade partner in 2020
It was reported on Monday by the European Union’s statistical authority that the union’s trade balance for foreign trade had seen a 20.2 billion Euro (22.2billion USD) surplus in the first two months of 2020.
Demand increases for detached houses in Turkey amidst COVID-19
According to sector representatives, coronavirus has made a huge difference to Turkish real estate preferences, with an increased interest for detached houses with outdoor and garden spaces as well as additional inside space that could serve as a home office.
The Turkish island where a community has kept coronavirus at bay
For more than two centuries, the inhabitants of Mada Island, 250km from Antalya, have lived an isolated, and at times difficult life. With no bridge, inhabitants need a boat to reach the mainland. Now, that isolation is paying off, as the island's mostly elderly population uses their island advantage to keep coronavirus at bay.
Turkey answers UK's desperate call for medical supplies
As the NHS battles to treat the deluge of coronavirus cases the British government has put out an urgent call: help us with medical equipment. And Turkey has answered, sending planeloads of equipment to the United Kingdom. The medical gear is sent in boxes with words from the Persian poet Rumi: After hopelessness, there is so much hope, and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun".
Families provided with cash aid as Turkey supports workers
It was announced by Turkey that financial aid would be give to employees who were forced to take unpaid leave during the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The Treasury and Finance Minister, Berat Albayrak, said: “Our citizens who are on unpaid leave, do not worry. We’ll provide salary support for them, too.”
600 Turkish citizens returned home from abroad
As part of new measures brought about against fighting the novel coronavirus, Turkey is continuing to bring its citizens back to the country from multiple destinations around the world, recently repatriating nearly 600 people home, specifically from Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine.
Almost 3,000 patients recovered from COVID-19 in Turkey
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that the daily count of people suffering from the effects of coronavirus had exceeded 50,000 as the daily death toll increased, bringing the total of people that have lost their lives to 1,101. There were more than 30,000 tests conducted for the disease on Saturday, April 11.
Turkey to provide 5 free face masks per week
Following the recent decision by the Turkish government to further combat and fight against the spread of coronavirus, it is now a requirement by law to wear a face mask when in a public place. Due to this new legislation, the Turkish Postal System has announced plans for the distribution of medical masks to Turkish citizens free of charge.
Tourism in Turkey set to resume by the end of May
Mehmet Nuri Esroy, the Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism recently announced that the tourism season in Turkey is set to be on hold until the end of May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that: “Hopefully, we will see that tourism activities will start again during the Ramadan Feast.”
Turkish education continues online during Coronavirus
With COVID-19 dominating the news, the field of education is feeling the force of social isolation. However, for students to continue their education uninterrupted, Turkey is set to launch digital education that will be available to millions. All education ceased across Turkey on March 13 to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
Istanbul and Antalya amongst the most popular cities worldwide
According to new data released by Business Insider, in terms of visitor numbers, in 2019 Istanbul ranked 8th in the world with 13.4 million total tourist visitors, whilst the Turkish resort city of Antalya came in 10th with recorded visitor numbers reaching 12.4 million.