Second wave of COVID-19 threatens Turkey’s Kurdish-majority Diyarbakır

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Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Diyarbakır may face a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as it has registered 300 new cases in the last week, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“The increasing number of coronavirus cases in Diyarbakır signals a second wave,” Cumhuriyet quoted Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology professor at Dicle University, Recep Tekin, as saying.

Tekin pointed to lack of compliance with protective measures for Diyarbakır’s soaring numbers.There are only two hospitals that are dealing with the outbreak in Diyarbakır.

But hospitals are full and they have difficulty in quick adaptation, he said.As of June 1, Turkey started lifting restrictions to curb the coronavirus outbreak by opening restaurants, cafes, parks and sport facilities.

The increase of infections in Diyarbakır follows the easing of pandemic measures, including lifting restrictions to curb the coronavirus outbreak by opening restaurants, cafes, parks and sport facilities.

On Tuesday, Turkey registered 993 new coronavirus infections and 18 deaths.

“There is no scientific data to show that the effect of the virus is weakened,” Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. One third of the country’s recovered patients in the last 24 hours are new cases, Koca said.“The need for intensive care and respiratory support has increased due to the new cases,” he added.

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