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.


Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

Updated 30 September 2020

Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

  • The new Emir said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership
  • He succeeds his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006

DUBAI: Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabeh has been sworn in as the new Kuwait Emir on Wednesday, vowing to carry out his responsibilities to his utmost best, state news agency KUNA has reported.
Al-Sabah said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership, as the country mourned the death of his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006.
“The trust bestowed upon me by the Kuwaiti people is a trust I bear in my neck,” the new Emir said.

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“Kuwait has been subjected, throughout its long history, to serious and harsh challenges that we managed to overcome through cooperation,” he added.

Al-Sabah paid tribute to the previous leadership and said “Sheikh Sabah’s policy will remain a highlight for us.”
The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim also spoke at the ceremony.
“We are confident that Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah will lead Kuwait to prosperity,” he said.

His appointment was immediately welcomed by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who said that his country and Kuwait have always had strong bonds throughout the years.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Iraq’s Bahram Salih also congratulated the Sheikh Nawaf on his new role.