Turkey will score son second year of fight the coronavirus pandemic next month. Since first cases have been reported in March 2020, the country has come a long way way in the fight against the virus. However, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. soon in light of the omicron variant. The variant, which spreads faster than previous strains, triggered A substantial rise in the number of case, something obvious in the latest The figures of seven-day incidence per 100,000 people. Istanbul, the capital of Ankara and the third plus grand city Izmir reported a rise in cases between January 29 and February 4.
On the other hand, a new survey shows the pandemic no longer dominates the public agenda, with people not as worried about omicron as the pandemic in the past. Their conviction is cemented in assurances from the authorities that omicron, although deadly for people in high-risk groups cause more hospitalizations.
The Department of Health shared latest weekly figures on 81 provinces on Monday, revealing the average number of cases per 100,000 people amounted to about 894 in Istanbul, the most populated in the country city. This figure was approximately 1,279 for Ankara and 1,229 for Izmir. Izmir, in particular, has the highest rise among the three, of 961 in the week before January 29. For Ankara, the number is around 200 cases higher than the previous period, while Istanbul reported a rise of only five cases compared to the same period.
Top 10 Provinces with the sharpest rise are Samsun, Tokat, Ordu, Uşak, Artvin, Giresun, Karabük, Amasya, Çorum and Adana. Most are located in the Black Sea region which has been a pandemic hotspot since last year.
However, the North West Province of Kırklareli clings to the premiere place provincially unenviable with the highest weekly issue of cases per 100,000 since last month. Kırklareli has the highest incidence rate at 1,489 per 100,000, compared to 1,214 in the previous week. Kırklareli is in front of Giresun and Rize, two Black Sea provinces that have reported about 1,350 cases per 100,000. Van in the east had the lowest number of case, at about 105, ahead of Antalya with 136 cases.
On the other hand, Turkey experienced a decline in the number of daily cases, which topped 100,000 recently, the highest from the beginning of the pandemic, in the past a few weeks. On Sundays, 73,787 people tested positive, while 276 people is dead of the coronavirus. The deaths are higher than usual, but most are senior citizens and people with chronic diseases, according to experts.
The authorities have repeatedly called on the public to get their missing vaccines during vaccination campaign remains the only option for protection against infections after Turkey lifted the most of pandemic restrictions. Since vaccination program Was launched in January 2021, Turkey administered more over 144 millions doses, while more over 52 millions people had their two doses of vaccines. Still 26.1 millions people have now had their third shots.
Concerns persist but not many
With the change of course of the pandemic with the omicron variant, the public Turkish’s mindset regarding the virus is also changing, a survey conducted by the polling company Ipsos shows. The investigation, of which results were published by Milliyet newspaper on Monday, points out that while people less concerned about the pandemic, the public’s opinion could be tied to uncertainty. Always, people aren’t so scared of the omicron variant car these were earlier strains, namely delta, which once dominated cases. the rate of people who believe omicron is as dangerous as other variants was only 48%, according to the survey conducted on February 8 and February 11. Another 64% of interviewed people say they fear infection with the new variant. Although people are still afraid of infection, 32% of they say their level of concern did not change after the country reported a record number of daily cases. At totaleight out of every 10 people are concerned about the pandemic.
Some 57% of people believe mass inoculation is necessary for the pandemic to end. People also overwhelmingly believe that the unvaccinated will have more serious symptoms that people who have been vaccinated if they catch micron.
Professor Tevfik Özlü, Member of the Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Council, echoes this sentiment on evolution of the coronavirus. “The virus still infects, but it is more manageable now. It looks like it will be an ordinary disease,” he told Demirören News Agency (DHA). on Monday. Özlü said that Turkey could face a burden on his health care if the number of cases are still increasing, and it is only preventable if people comply with personnel protection measures, like wearing masks of protection and respect for social distancing and hygiene rules. “Yet we are stronger in the face of the pandemic, unlike the past. We hope the virus will be as mild as the flu,” he said. “But we’re not there yet. The dead are still 20 times higher than flu deaths,” he said. added.
Professor Serap Şimşek Yavuz, another member of the board says the omicron wave did not peak in Turkey again, although the rate of positive tests in Istanbul, for for example, went from 30% to about 20%. “Current projections, based on the trend of case, show that the pandemic will peak in mid-March,” she told DHA.