Turkey Coronavirus Daily News
Here are the daily news and updates about the Coronavirus in Turkey. We'll be covering the effects of the pandemic on the economy and mainly on the Turkish real estate market. Please check back often as we update this page as frequently as possible.
12 April 2020, Turkey's 48-hour lockdown to end at midnight
The Turkish government announced on at 21:00 on 10 April a 2-day curfew, starting at midnight the same day. The curfew should last 48-hours and should be, as later added by the Interior Minister of Turkey Suleyman Soylu, in 31 provinces, where the COVID-19 is widespread. As of Friday 10 April, there are 52,167 cases of COVID-19 detected in Turkey.
The Turkish provinces in curfew are the following:
Ankara, Adana, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, Trabzon, Van, and Zonguldak.
Bakeries, hospitals, pharmacies, public and private health institutions, producers of health and medical supplies, fuel stations, courier services, animal shelters, and farms are exempted from the curfew and will continue operating and will deliver. The supermarkets will remain closed during the Turkish lockdown.
The lockdown will end this midnight.
In terms of fighting the spread of Coronavirus in Turkey, the government already imposed a nationwide partial curfew for citizens older than 65 years old and younger than 20, back in March.
11 April 2020, Web-Tapu allows buying a property in Turkey online
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the question has risen by the potential property buyers in Turkey, how to finalize purchases. To keep the real estate market in Turkey dynamic during these difficult times, and to keep the citizens away from the crowds, the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre introduced the online title deed system, called Web-Tapu. Web-Tapu allows all transactions related to online sales, land registration, and mortgages.
Already thousands of transactions took place using the web tapu system online. In Turkey Expert, as a leading real estate company in Istanbul, we offer online buying services. Please click here to read more about Web Tapu and our services for buying property online in Turkey.
2 April 2020, How will Coronavirus affect the property market in Turkey?
The pandemic COVID-19 brought uncertainty into the financial markets around the globe. The fear and the measures taken against the outbreak resulted in appointments that have been canceled and have put plans of buying property on-hold. When we scan the movements at the property markets around the world, the question arises whether Coronavirus will affect the property prices in Turkey or not.
The property market in Turkey has proven to stand firm during the past global crises, which had a significant effect on the real estate markets. Especially the demand in big cities keeps strong due to the large population and dynamic geographical growth. Due to these reasons, buying a property in Istanbul, for instance, will be a relatively more secure investment comparing to many other popular locations.
The government is also aware of the importance of the real estate sector and had announced an economic relief package with 19 points. One of them is related to the real estate market and mortgages from Turkish banks. According to the economic package, the loanable amount for houses under 500,000 TL will increase from 80% to 90%, which means that the minimum down payment will be reduced to 10% only. The government hopes herewith to keep the real estate market alive.
For foreign investors, buying a property in Turkey has also taken a new turn. Living in the digital age allows overseas property investors to do their homework online. Since the Millenium searching online for a property, choosing the right area, get in touch with the real estate agents, and make appointments for viewing became the standard procedure. As a leading estate agent in Istanbul, we have been serving our clients from the beginning.
As described, the property market in Turkey, especially in big cities such as Istanbul, is not losing its dynamic, and buying an apartment in Istanbul is still a profitable business. Not to forget, that residency and Turkish citizenship by purchasing a real estate in Turkey is not affected by Coronavirus. That is why we are putting maximum effort into serving our clients also during Corona-times and help them buy a Turkish property online, and if requested, helping them obtain their Turkish passport.
2 April 2020, 60% of the COVID-19 infections are in Istanbul
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Turkey. In the last 24 hours, a total of 14,396 people have been tested for Coronavirus. 2,148 of them were infected, which brought the number of total cases in Turkey up to 15,679. The death toll increased to 277.
He also mentioned that although the virus is active in 81 provinces, 60% of the Coronavirus infections are in Istanbul. According to the tests carried out, 8,852 of the Coronavirus cases are in Istanbul. There are 853 cases detected in Izmir, and 752 in Ankara.
31 March 2020, President Erdogan starts national Solidarity campaign
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to the nation after the cabinet meeting yesterday, which lasted 4,5 hours. He announced that he is donating his seven months salary and starts herewith a National Solidarity Campaign against the COVID-19. He invited all cabinet members, politicians, and bureaucrats to participate in the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister of Turkey, Fahrettin Koca, has announced the latest COVID-19 numbers in Turkey. According to the Ministry of health, the total number of infections is 13,531, and the death toll has risen to 214.
30 March 2020, President Erdogan ordered an urgent cabinet meeting about Coronavirus in Turkey
Within the last 24 hours, 1865 new Coronavirus infections in Turkey have been announced. This is the highest number of infections in Turkey in one day so far. Herewith, the number of cases has risen to 9,217. The death toll has increased to 131 with 23 new deaths. 568 of the infected patients are currently in intensive care.
Also, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had ordered an urgent cabinet meeting to be held via video conference about COVID-19.
29 March 2020, Turkish scientists started working on a vaccine against the Coronavirus
Turkey has hit 7,641 cases as of today, with 1,704 new cases in the last 24 hours. So far, 55,000 people have been tested. The death toll has risen to 108.
Meanwhile, scientists of the Ege University in Izmir, Bornova, have started working on a vaccine against the Coronavirus.
28 March 2020, Turkish Airlines suspended all international flightsTurkish Airlines suspended all international flights as a measure to fight the COVID-19. The international flights to all destinations, except to Addis Ababa, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York, and Washington, were suspended until 17 April.
With the death toll has risen to 92 and the total number of infected risen to 5,698, new measurements concerning domestic flights have been announced as well. Turkish Airlines has announced that they will use the New Istanbul Airport for their domestic flights from Istanbul, and the Ankara Esenboga Airport for their flights from Ankara. Only a couple of big cities will be covered within the flight routes. The passengers of the suspended flights can request their money back or change their tickets without any fee.
In the meanwhile, cargo flights will continue operating as usual.