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First coronavirus death reported in North Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has confirmed its first death from the coronavirus. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced Jabusch Bruno Gottfried Gerhard had died in Lefkoşa Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital. The 73-year-old German national had underlying medical conditions. Mr Gerhard was part of a group tour holidaying in North Cyprus […]

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Turkey ceases all international flights in response to coronavirus crisis

The Turkish authorities have extended their partial ban on flights to now cover all overseas destinations. The decision to ground all international flights to contain the coronavirus pandemic was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, 27 March. The president gave the news at a press conference after meeting with the country’s leading medical […]

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North Cyprus PM Ersin Tatar accused of “racism” over remarks about foreign workers and students

The Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has come under fire after making controversial comments about foreign students and workers while discussing his government’s new coronavirus Economic Aid package on television. Appearing on one television programme on 24 March, Prime Minister Tatar spoke about African students in the TRNC and said […]

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Millions of coronavirus home testing kits could be a ‘game changer’ for Britain

Health workers and members of the public will soon be able to receive coronavirus home testing kits from shops like Amazon or Boots. The news emerged when Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England (PHE), addressed Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee. Prof. Peacock told MPs that “3.5 million finger […]

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JJ to the rescue: giant wholesaler offers ‘next day delivery’ to British homes during coronavirus crisis

The British public’s frustrations at failing to find essential household items such as toilet paper, detergents and pasta in their local supermarket during the coronavirus pandemic has prompted one major wholesaler to act. JJ Foodservice – one of the UK’s largest wholesalers – has just launched a new home delivery service. Members of the public […]

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Coronavirus claims its first two victims from the British Turkish community

A 92-year-old Turkish Cypriot woman receiving treatment at Farnborough Hospital and a 55-year-old Turkish man in North Middlesex Hospital have died after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). Both had underlying medical conditions. Mother-of-five Elmaziye Kanlı had been ill for some time. Originally from Mağusa / Famagusta, she passed away in hospital on Tuesday, 17 March, a […]