Turkish Government announced country wide lock down between April 29 and May 17 to bring down the new Corona cases.
According to the study conducted by Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, in fact only 22% of the population is being locked down. 61% is exempt and 17% is partially exempt. These exempt people have to work in order to get the economy rolling.
So, who are these 22% of the population left to stay home. They are 65 of age and above, 18 years of age and below, plus small scale retailers and people who earn their lives with daily wages. These last two group of people are the ones who got hit the worse economically due to Corona.
Under these conditions, that is, only 22% of the people staying home, it is natural to be pessimistic abut the outcome of this lock down. But we still like to hope that we gain some time until government gets a new supply of vaccines which are Russian Sputnik & Pfizer’s BionTech. Sinovac will not be shipping for some time since they have decided to use the vaccine for their own citizens. Smart move, they sold millions of doses of vaccine with no liability with respect to side effects.
Furthermore, they have collected huge data and they did not have to finance Phase 3 & 4 which have been conducted by itself.
WHEN WE LOOK AT EACH COUNTRY for their fight against Corona Pandemic they all had their share of disappointment may be with exception of New Zealand & Australia.
When it comes to Turkey in this fight against Corona, we started very good in 2020 but economical situation forced to take early partial naturalization steps which are combined with ruling party’s provincial and central congresses where thousands of people gathered in closed areas with no distance and limited people wearing a musks. These gatherings broad casted live in most of tv stations with pride. These shows had a negative impact on the population so that Corona prevention rules were not taken seriously as it was before. Resulting up to 400 deaths and up to 40000 new cases per day.
We will see in late May whether this lockdown had any effect Corona cases.
Let us all hope for the best.