Turkish Medical Association: There are 10 times more Covid patients than what ministry says

Turkish Medical Association: There are 10 times more Covid patients than what ministry says
Date: 16.8.2020 13:00

The Ministry only announces patients with a positive PCR test, the TTB notes.

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In a report covering the first five months (March 11 - August 11) of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has said that there are 10 times more active Covid-19 cases in the country than what the Ministry of Health states.
According to the Ministry figures, there were 11.152 active cases as of August 11. However, this only includes patients with a positive PCR test, where the number of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 without a positive test was nine times more than that, the TTB stated. 
Also, increasingly more health workers are losing their lives because of Covid-19, according to the report. During the reopening period, which started with the opening of shopping malls on May 11, as many as 53 health workers, including 27 physicians, died of Covid-19, the report notes.
TTB Covid-19 Monitoring Committee member Prof. Feride Aksu-Tanık said that the government had limited its responsibility to "warning" and "treating," people, which she said was a wrong strategy.
Commemoration events, events to celebrate the Sacrifice Feast, exams that millions of people entered, and the reopening of Hagia Sophia as a mosque showed that the central authority "did not have the will that it expected from the people," she said.
Prof. Özlem Azap said that wide-scale vaccination efforts should be started as of September and large amounts of influenza vaccines should be stockpiled in order to do that.
While the US and the UK inform the public about flu vaccination, the Ministry of Health has yet to make a statement on the issue, she added.
Azap also underlined that vaccination should be carried out not only in hospitals and family healthcare centers but also with different methods and on a wider scale.


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