Introduction

In March and April, it was fears that the death toll would soar turning Turkey into another Italy, which was then the hardest hit country.
Within 3-months, Turkey has managed to control the outburst of the pandemic.


High Testing Rates and Low death Rate
Turkey has ended up with roughly the same testing rate as France and a death rate 10 times lower than Britain’s.
Turkey has a low death rate of 2.7 percent, compared to the number of +ve cases.
When we look at other developed countries, the death rate in the US is 5.3 per cent, Spain is 10.5 per cent, Italy is 13.2 per cent, Germany is 3.5 per cent, the UK is 13.5 per cent, France is 17.3 per cent.

Early Preparedness

“We follow foreign news,” Dr Aslan says, “and when we first heard about the virus we were really scared.
But Turkey has rallied faster than we thought – much faster than Europe and the US.

CoronaVirus fight of Turkey receives worldwide praise

Turkey Lock Down Strategy
Turkey has defied lock-down orthodoxy.
Rather than place the whole economy in a coma, the authorities ordered the young (less than 20) and the elderly (more than 65 years)to stay at home and asked everyone else, aside from those in consumer-facing businesses, to show up for work.
The biggest cities were placed under a blanket restrictions on weekends and holidays, no trips to the coffee shop, no shopping in crowded markets, no communal prayers at the mosque.
Turkey Strategy Seems To Have Worked
Advantages: The most vulnerable escaped the worst of the pandemic, while those infected, mostly working-age adults, generally recovered.
It is important to note that Turkey population is mostly young and it is an advantage and one of the reason for low death.


Dr. Jeremy Rossman
According to Dr. Jeremy Rossman, Lecturer in Virology at the University of Kent.
“Turkey fits in the category of several countries that responded fairly quickly with testing, tracing, isolation and movement restrictions,”
“It’s a fairly small club of countries that have been quite effective in reducing the viral spread.”

Tracking Technique
Dr Asian, who is articulate, and energetic, leads a contract-tracing operation. Across Turkey there are 6,000 teams.
Dr Asian says they began tracking the virus on day one – 11 March – thanks to decades of experience tracking measles.
“Those plans were ready,” she says.
“We just got them off the shelf and started using them.”

Turkey used Hydroxycholoroquine as a strategy to treat COVID-19 patients though WHO has for the moment suspended it from their trial of possible treatments for the virus.
Chief doctor Nurettin Yiyit, at the Dr. Sehit Ilhan Varank hospital says It is key to use hydroxychloroquine early. “Other countries are using this drug too late,” he says, “especially the US. We only use it at the beginning. We have no hesitation about this drug. We believe it’s effective because we get the results.”
Better Infrastructure
Over the past couple of decades, Mr. Erdogan and his governments have poured tens of billions of dollars into health care, most recently by building a network of hospitals the size of international airports.
The latest of these opened on May 21st, boasting nearly 2,700 beds, about a sixth of them in intensive-care units.
But the extra capacity has helped. The wave of covid-19 infections never came close to overwhelming the health system and medical supplies never ran out.

Collective efforts by Government and Opposition Erdogan and his impressive Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, played a major role in the success story.

Along with them opposition mayors, especially in Istanbul and Ankara, who have raised funds and organised the distribution of masks.

CoronaVirus fight of Turkey receives worldwide praise

In The End
While the country is being seen as a success story, there is still plenty of caution because the story isn’t in the end.