Turkey reports over 24,000 new coronavirus cases

Turkey reported over 24,700 new coronavirus cases yesterday, the Health Ministry said. A total of 24,733 infections, including 2,501 symptomatic patients, were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Turkey’s overall COVID-19 tally is now over 4.9 million, while the nationwide death toll rose by 3

Full COVID-19 lockdown adds to financial strain in Turkey

As cases and deaths soar, Turkey’s president has instructed people to stay home for nearly three weeks and shut down many businesses as part of the country’s strictest COVID-19 measures yet.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not announce a stimulus package to offset the economic impact

Erdogan says Biden's Armenian genocide recognition 'destructive'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday denounced US President Joe Biden's recognition of the Armenian genocide as "groundless" and harmful to bilateral relations."The US president has made comments that are groundless and unfair," Erdogan said in televised remarks, warning that they coul

Turkey rejects Biden's remarks on Armenian claims

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said remarks by US President Joe Biden on Armenian claims about the events of 1915 lacks any scholarly or legal basis and is not supported by evidence. "We reject and denounce in the strongest terms the statement of the President of the US regarding the

Erdogan and Biden discuss joint work and controversial files between the two countries

The Turkish presidency announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, discussed during a phone call the importance of joint work to expand cooperation on the basis of mutual interests. Erdogan and Biden discuss joint work and controversial files between the two c

Erdogan: Turkey ready to dig major canal

Turkey is close to completing preparations for starting a grand project of digging of a canal connecting the Black Sea north of Istanbul to the Marmara Sea to the south, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday in a statement following a meeting with his party's parliamentary bloc in Ankara.

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 cases, deaths hit all-time high

Turkey recorded 54,740 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, the highest daily level since the start of the pandemic.Last week President Tayyip Erdogan announced a tightening of coronavirus restrictions, including the return of full nationwide weeken

Over 16M coronavirus vaccine doses administered in Turkey

Turkey has so far administered more than 16.6 million coronavirus vaccine jabs across the country, the nation's health minister announced on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports. "Among the countries which have yet to produce their own vaccine, Turkey stands as one of the states that conduc

Turkey begins Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots

ANKARA: Turkey on Friday began administering Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 shots, introducing a second vaccine in its campaign that began in mid-January, as new cases reached record highs.Turkey has so far delivered 16.5 million vaccine doses nationwide, including more than 7 million people

Erdogan fires central bank deputy governor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed the deputy governor of the central bank, only days after its head was also fired in an abrupt decision that rattled global markets. Murat Cetinkaya, a veteran banker who worked at the Istanbul stock exchange and joined the central bank in 2019,

Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases exceed 30,000 for first time this year

ISTANBUL: Turkey has recorded 30,021 new coronavirus cases in the space of 24 hours, the highest number this year, health ministry data showed on Saturday.Measures to curb the pandemic in Turkey were eased this month.The cumulative number of cases stood at 3,179,115 and the latest daily death

1.4M doses of Biotech vaccine ready for use in Turkey

With the arrival of the latest batch in Turkey on Wednesday, there are 1.4 million doses of BioNTech coronavirus vaccine ready for use in the country, the nation's health minister said, Anadolu reports. "Today [on Wednesday], over 700,000 doses of BioNTech vaccine have also arrived in o

Opposition blames Erdogan for lira plunge after bank chief sacking

ANKARA: Turkey’s opposition has accused President Tayyip Erdogan of “unprecedented incompetence” for causing a plunge in the value of the Turkish lira by firing the central bank governor for raising interest rates.Erdogan dismissed Naci Agbal on Saturday, two days after

Turkey’s president fires central bank governor by decree

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president has fired the central bank governor, who in his four months in office had won the praise of investors for hiking interest rates and promising tighter monetary policies.In a decree published in the Official Gazette early Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an

Erdogan says Biden comments on Putin ‘unacceptable’

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Joe Biden’s comments about Russia’s Vladimir Putin, in which he said he thought he was a killer, were “unacceptable” and unfitting of a US president.In a TV interview broadcast on Wednesday, Biden said “I

EU slams Turkish moves against Kurdish party, legislator

The European Union on Thursday criticized Turkish authorities for stripping a prominent pro-Kurdish legislator of his parliamentary seat and seeking to shut down his political party, saying these moves add to concerns over the “backsliding of rights” in Turkey.Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu,

Nine Turkish soldiers killed in helicopter crash

ISTANBUL: Nine Turkish soldiers were killed and four others wounded when their military helicopter crashed in the southeast of the country on Thursday, the defence ministry said.Television images from the crash site showed the ground blanketed in snow and visibility hampered by thick clouds i

Turkey’s reopening relieves restaurants but worries doctors

ISTANBUL: Turkish restaurants reopened and many children returned to school on Tuesday after the government announced steps to ease COVID-19 curbs even as cases edged higher, raising concerns in the top medical association.On Monday evening, President Tayyip Erdogan lifted weekend lockdowns in low