Turkish companies that export medical supplies used for respiratory support will need special permission from the authorities. The new measure by the authorities is aimed at meeting domestic demand, as the number of cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country is increasing.
The number of deaths due to coronavirus infection in Turkey, as of the morning of March 26, has increased to 59. In the two weeks since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in the country, 2,433 infected people have been registered.
According to the government order, local companies will need permission to export fans and related equipment, oxygen concentrators, intubation tubes, and intensive care monitors, as well as other medical supplies and equipment.
Turkish authorities have previously stated that they will stop exporting locally produced surgical masks, which all manufacturing companies must sell to relevant government agencies.
Despite the epidemiological situation getting worse every day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on March 25 that Turkey will overcome the coronavirus outbreak in two to three weeks.
Turkish authorities will requisition local factories that produce medical masks if they do not agree to sell their products to the government. This ultimatum was issued by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on March 23. Earlier, employees of relevant departments of the country conducted simultaneous raids on the warehouses of all manufacturers of medical masks to demand that they sign contracts with the Turkish Ministry of health and stop storing stocks, Soylu said in an interview with the Hurriyet newspaper.
Recall that Turkey closed schools, cafes, and bars, banned mass prayers, postponed sports matches and suspended flights to dozens of countries as measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.