At a news conference following a meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, Fahrettin Koca said Turkey’s daily COVID-19 test count will reach 100,000 within days, he said, as healthcare professionals have done as many 87,223 tests daily to diagnose the virus, bringing the grand total to more than 5.9 million.
Doctors will connect with patients at home via telemedicine, adding that Turkey doesn’t have any difficulties in its drug supply, as four companies in the country started domestic production of antiviral drugs.
“Including COVID-19 and all other diseases, the service bed occupancy rate is 51.3%, the intensive care bed occupancy rate is 64.8%, and the ventilator occupancy rate is 31.7%,” he said.
Koca also underlined that a rising number of virus cases in Turkey took it to its highest daily case total in one-and-a-half months.
Schools in the country are scheduled to gradually reopen on Sept. 21, he said, adding that distance and hybrid learning systems might also be implemented depending on the situation.
The rate of contact tracers reaching people known to be in a contact chain in the last 45 days is 98.9%, he said.
According to Koca, technology showing high-risk areas in common places has also been improved.
On the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, he said 13 separate studies are now ongoing, including at least three in advanced stages.
Hurriyet Daily News