Turkey limits export of respiratory support gear as coronavirus cases surge

Members of the Fatih Municipality disinfect Istanbul's Sultanahmet square with the Blue Mosque seen in the backgroung to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 21, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Turkey limits export of respiratory support gear as coronavirus cases surge

  • The death toll from the highly contagious respiratory disease has risen to 59, with 2,433 confirmed cases in Turkey in the last two weeks

ISTANBUL: Turkish companies seeking to export medical tools used for respiratory support will need permission from authorities under a decree issued on Thursday aimed a meeting domestic demand as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surges.

The death toll from the highly contagious respiratory disease has risen to 59, with 2,433 confirmed cases in Turkey in the last two weeks.

Companies will need permission to export ventilators and related gear, oxygen concentrators, intubation tubes and intensive care monitors, and other medical equipment, according to a decree on the Official Gazzette.

Ankara previously said it would stop exporting locally made face masks. Separately, the Interior Ministry said all municipality meetings in April, May and June, should be postponed except under extraordinary circumstances.

Ankara has taken a series of measures to contain the virus including a partial curfew on the elderly, closing schools, cafes and bars, banning mass prayers, and suspending sports matches and flights.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey will overcome the coronavirus outbreak in two to three weeks.


Kuwait shuts down dozens of shops for violating coronavirus precautionary

Updated 18 min 7 sec ago

Kuwait shuts down dozens of shops for violating coronavirus precautionary

  • About 1,142 warnings were issued during inspections of 1,197 shops
  • A total of 206 fines were issued for violations at shops where people failed to wear face masks and safety gloves

DUBAI: Kuwait’s Municipality has shut down 46 shops during the Eid Al-Adha holiday for violating the precautionary health instructions released by authorities, state news agency KUNA reported.
About 1,142 warnings were issued during inspections of 1,197 shops, the municipality said in a statement.
A total of 206 fines were issued for violations at shops where people failed to wear face masks and safety gloves to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it added.
Inspection visits also found 73 illegal livestock outlets and imposed 42 fines against illegal street vendors. Seven unlicensed butchers were also referred to authorities.