Doctors and medical groups have said some hospitals were at capacity. At the weekend, the mayors of Istanbul and Ankara accused the government of playing down the scale of the pandemic, citing local information.The Turkish Medics Association said last month that based on antibody tests, there are likely some 10 times more active coronavirus patients than suggested by the official tally.Koca stood by the accuracy of official tallies and urged people to be more cautious. Turkey is experiencing the second peak of its novel coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday, while the government announced new restrictions on weddings and other social gatherings as daily cases and deaths rise rapidly.Fatalities have jumped to their highest since mid-May, when lockdowns were in place, and new cases have risen to mid-June levels, at almost 1,600. Turkey mostly reopened the economy and lifted weekend and age-specific lockdowns in early June.The number of new cases rose by 1,596 to 273,301 in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data, while the death toll from the virus rose by 45 to 6,462 on Wednesday. Koca told a press conference after meeting his coronavirus science team that the capital Ankara had seen the most rapid rise in cases lately, producing double the numbers of Istanbul, previously the outbreak’s epicenter in Turkey.”We are going through the second peak of the first wave of coronavirus. The carelessness at weddings and religious holidays has bought us to this point,” Koca said, but added lockdowns to curb the outbreak were not on the government’s agenda for now.Following Koca’s remarks, the government announced new restrictions on weddings, limiting their duration to an hour, banning all food and drinks. It also banned the attendance of senior citizens and children to such gatherings.”The virus is spreading to more people each day. Our test numbers are rising every day, our new patient numbers are not falling,” Koca said, adding 29,865 health workers were infected, with 52 deaths. Topics :
The Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) paid tribute to former President, the late Janet Jagan by way of a wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of her ninth death anniversary on Friday last.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was the guest speaker at the event, which was held at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, Corentyne.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with members of the WPO at the wreath-laying ceremony on FridayThe Chicago, US-born Janet Jagan served as President of Guyana from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999. She was 77 years old when she succeeded her husband, Cheddi, after his passing, becoming the first female President of Guyana. She previously served as the first female Prime Minister from March 17, 1997 to December 19, 1997.Jagan was awarded Guyana’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence in 1993, and the Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal for Women’s Rights in 1998.She also served as a Member of Parliament and as Minister of Home Affairs, Labour, Health and Housing.In 1963, Time magazine described her as “the most controversial woman in South American politics since Eva Peron”, partly because she was a “strident Marxist” who many believed was the “brains and backbone” behind Cheddi’s Government.Addressing the hundreds at Babu Jaan, former President Jagdeo referred to the late leader as a fighter. He said the challenges we face today were nothing compared to what she experienced.“Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan in the darkest days never lost hope, they kept our party intact, they kept their minds focused and changed this country. They fought for independence and got it, and then for the return of democracy, and so, the challenges we face now are nothing compared to what they faced, so we in this generation should not lose focus,” Jagdeo stated.Nevertheless, Jagdeo called on the women present to take up more active roles in the Party while advocating for more women to join the WPO.He said women in the PPP have an enormous role to play. Meanwhile, he urged the WPO to set a target of getting to 5000 members.
Liverpool Ladies celebrate their title success A Liverpool manager will be departing at the end of the season – but it is Matt Beard, not Brendan Rodgers, who will be leaving his post!Beard has been a huge sucess in his role as boss of the Merseyside club’s Ladies team, leading them to two successive Super League titles.He has now been tempted to America by Boston Breakers, who play in the popular National Women’s Soccer League.Beard will continue in his role as Liverpool Ladies manager until the end of this season before making the move Stateside.“The decision to leave Liverpool Ladies is one that I have thought a great deal about and was a really tough decision to make,” said Beard.“However, having enjoyed three fantastic years here and having spent 11 years working in the top flight of women’s football in England, I feel like I need a new challenge and I feel I have taken the club as far as I can.“I would like to thank all of the players and staff that I have worked with during my tenure as Liverpool Ladies manager. I have had some fantastic times with the club and will take some memories that will last forever.“I would also like to thank the Liverpool Ladies supporters who, in my opinion, are the best supporters in the Women’s Super League.“The backing that we have received both home and away has been nothing short of fantastic and I would like to express my gratitude to the fans for the backing they have given to the team.“I am extremely excited at the prospect of challenging myself abroad in a league as competitive as the National Women’s Soccer League with Boston Breakers.“The move is a decision I have not taken lightly and will be a big move for both myself and my family, but is a challenge that I cannot wait to get started.”Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive officer, added: “It has been an incredible story for our Liverpool Ladies team, winning back-to-back league titles and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.“Matt has been at the very heart of that success and we thank him for his contribution and wish him well in his new challenge. The search for a new manager will begin immediately to build on the progress made to date.” 1