Fears of infections spike as Turkey’s public ignores measures during Eid

Koca had earlier noted the country’s “lack of measures” during Eid al-Adha. (File/AFP)
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Updated 05 August 2020

Fears of infections spike as Turkey’s public ignores measures during Eid

  • One doctor said he had seen many violations in public places such as squares and beaches

DUBAI: There could be a new wave of coronavirus infections in Turkey, the country’s health minister said, referring to a lack of enforcement during the Eid holidays, national daily Hurriyet reported.

Fahrettin Koca tweeted that he was concerned “about the rise in the number of cases throughout the country in the coming days.”

Koca had earlier noted the country’s “lack of measures” during Eid al-Adha.

Turkey’s Coronavirus Science Board echoed Koca’s concerns, as one doctor said he had seen many violations in public places such as squares and beaches.

“We have seen that the two-meter rule between sun loungers on the beaches has been violated, many people do not wear masks and sit very close to each other,” Mustafa Necmi Ilhan said.

He said the consequence of these violations will be reflected after two weeks.

“We make the warnings all the time, but there was complacency in the public. As if it is not taken very seriously anymore,” Ilhan said.


Dubai continues crackdown on businesses violating COVID-19 safety measures

Updated 2 min 59 sec ago

Dubai continues crackdown on businesses violating COVID-19 safety measures

  • ‘Stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during the inspections’

DUBAI: The Dubai government’s regular inspection activities as economic activities are further normalized, to ensure that businesses and individuals keep to coronavirus safety protocols, have resulted into fines and warning for some establishments.

Inspection teams issued fines on seven commercial establishments, six of them for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks, and one for not adhering to physical distancing measures during 728 visits to open markets and shopping centers.

The violations were spotted in businesses in a number of shopping centers, as well as Al-Murar, Al-Daghaya, Riggat Al-Buteen, state news agency WAM reported.

The lone commercial establishment that was issued a warning failed to place the mandatory physical distancing stickers in their shop, the report added.

“Compliance with the precautionary guidelines have contributed to the gradual return to normal and safe commercial activity, eventually leading to the opening of all sectors and the economic reset in Dubai,” the Dubai Economy said.

“Stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during the inspections or that may be reported by consumers and the public.”