Turkey’s coronavirus cases 20 times higher than official data shows, says main opposition deputy

Duvar English

The number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Turkey is 20 times higher than officially reported by the Health Ministry, said main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Murat Emir.

The CHP lawmaker based this figure on a document that allegedly belongs to the Health Ministry’s Laboratories Information Management System with regards to the testing results from Sept. 10.

According to this document, health officials on Sept. 10 ran a total of 157,975 tests, out of which 29,377 came back positive. However, on this day, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the number of COVID-19 patients as 1,512.

In
a video broadcast by Fox TV, Emir said that the official COVID-19
data announced by the Health Ministry every day does not reflect the
truth and asked: “Mr. Minister [Koca], is this document true? If
this document is true, then it is time to tell the truth to our
people.”

Emir also shared a tweet regarding the issue, saying: “The first condition in the fight against the pandemic is informing our people in a right way. According to the data that have reached us from the Health Ministry’s own information system, the number of positive COVID-19 cases is almost 20 times higher than announced. We call on Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to make a statement.”

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Turkey’s daily infection and death toll in the last few weeks has reached similar figures last recorded in May. The infections have begun to spike on a daily basis after falling to as low as 902 on July 22.

The government loosened restrictions on public activity starting in June. Ankara’s “normalization” plan has been slammed by critics, who said that authorities were offloading the blame on citizens and the burden on healthcare staff.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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