British newspaper: Turkey has fastest outbreak rate of the Corona virus

The British Guardian newspaper said that the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in Turkey is increasing by more than 3000 cases per day, to 30,217 since the first case was confirmed four weeks ago.

The Guardian indicated that the situation in Turkey with regard to the outbreak of the virus is less worse than it is in other countries such as the United States, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, where the number of deaths reported is still much lower than in other countries that were severely affected at 649 deaths, but that the rapidly increasing number of injuries puts Turkey in the position of the fastest growing country.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is usually not alien to clumsy tactics, has resisted calls by doctors ’and opposition politicians’ orders to stop people from going to work and stay at home, and insisted “the need to spin the wheel.”

Turkey is still suffering from the currency collapse that occurred in 2018, which makes economists and policymakers fear a recession resulting from the Corona virus.

The government has gradually increased its anti-virus measures, including suspending international flights, border crossings and intercity travel, banning public gatherings and group prayers, and closing schools and most shops.

People under the age of 20 and over 65 are subject to a curfew.

Regardless of the health and economic crises, this pandemic has fueled deep political divisions in Turkey, according to the newspaper.

"A bill to be approved by parliament this week will free up to a third of the prisoners in Turkey, but hundreds of imprisoned human rights activists, journalists and opposition politicians will not be on the lists to be released," the newspaper added.

The draft bill talks about the release of sex offenders and those convicted of gender-based violence, with at least 14 women killed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which exacerbated the terrible problem of domestic violence in Turkey.

The opposition press in Turkey criticized the government donation campaign, after it became clear that the employees in some companies had ties to the ruling party, and at the same time, the fundraising efforts were closed by the major city councils of the opposition-held cities in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

Reporters Without Borders said seven journalists were arrested on charges of reporting the pandemic and accused of "spreading terror".

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