When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected – that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, front center, arrives to attend the inauguration ceremony for Basaksehir Pine and Sakura City Hospital, in Istanbul, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Turkish Presidency via AP)
Health workers transport a patient supposed to be infected by the novel coronavirus Covid19 in front of Bagcilar public hospital in Istanbul, on April 28, 2019, in Istanbul. (AFP)
A file photo shows Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu speaks after being awarded with the German-Turkish Friendship Award ‘Kybele 2019’ in Berlin, Germany, November 8, 2019. (Reuters)