Poverty in Turkey reaches alarming levels during pandemic – report

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Majority of Turks have a hard time making ends meet since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country’s already embattled economy, Sözcü newspaper said on Thursday, citing research by Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul.

Every four out of 10 people are dealing with financial difficulties during the pandemic, Sözcü said, citing the report titled “The devastating impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on household incomes”.

Some 38 percent of the Turkish households are having difficulty in purchasing staple food products, the report said.

A significant portion of the households thinks that financial difficulties will continue in the upcoming period, and they will not be able to overcome the problems with their current savings, the report said.

The COVID-19 outbreak has placed further strain on the Turkish economy, with activity coming to a virtual standstill in many of the country’s sectors. About four million Turks rely on state aids to make their livings although a two-month lockdown to curb the effects of the coronavirus ended in June meanwhile the number of the poor is predicted to reach 20 million.

Turkish government’s economy management, which is handled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, has been under increasing criticism. Unorthodox economic management has been coupled with a badly managed pandemic response and now Turkish opposition once again calls on the government to consider bringing back the curfew to prevent the deadly virus from spreading further.

Ahval

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