Regarding the measures taken for the coronavirus (Covid-19), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “An outlook even better than we expect is awaiting us if we inform our citizens well and keep the disease under strict control.”
Speaking during the opening of the Coordination Meeting on the Fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) held at the Çankaya Palace, President Erdoğan said that they would share the details on the course of the disease in the world and in Turkey in a press conference, to be held after the meeting, that would serve as an address to the nation.
Indicating that they would particularly discuss the measures to be taken for the period ahead, Erdoğan noted that they had so far implemented, and would continue to implement, the health-related and other measures step by step so as to keep the disease under control.
"In addition to many dimensions of a process like this, in which daily life has almost come to a halt due to the practices of voluntary or compulsory quarantine, it will have severe economic consequences,” Erdoğan said, and continued as follows:
"We, as Turkey, have to prevent this disease from turning into an epidemic while also ensuring that the production, trade, employment and economy remain functional. At a time when our country has only recently started recovering from the effects of the currency, interest rate and inflation attacks in August 2018, and at a time when we have begun putting things back on track, we cannot afford to lose control of it. It is naturally not so easy to keep the wheels of the entire economy, including industry and trade, turning while fighting against the Covid-19. It is therefore evident that, in addition to the duties of the state, the private sector, too, has responsibilities to fulfil. God willing, we will overcome this challenge together with the decisions we will make in this meeting. We can foresee, from now, that new opportunities far greater than the previous ones await us, once we have gotten our country out of these difficult times safely and soundly. I believe that we will overcome this process with our patience and prayers."
"The epidemic has prompted the world to seek alternatives"
Erdoğan recalled that the epidemic in China prompted the whole world, Europe in particular, to seek alternatives for production.
Pointing out that Turkey was one of the first countries to come to mind as an alternative for manufacturing, President Erdoğan commented, “Developments in the field of finance in connection with the virus outbreak and plummeting oil prices will provide additional advantages for our country. If we manage the next few weeks well, inform our nation well, and take the disease under strict control, an outlook even better than we expect is awaiting us. The important point here is to demonstrate the capacity to overcome both the virus in medical terms and its psychologic and economic affects, without giving the disease any chance to beat us. I trust in you on that and I believe we will overcome it together.”
President Erdoğan reminded that yesterday he held a video conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom.
“When we make an assessment, we seem to be in the best position. We are followed by Germany. However, the situation in the United Kingdom and France, on the other hand, seems too dire to compare with ours,” said Erdoğan.
Drawing attention to the fact that they had the opportunity to discuss the developments in the region as well as Idlib and Peace Spring, Erdoğan noted that he also provided information concerning the latest summit held in Moscow.
President Erdoğan wished that the decisions to be taken about the virus would be auspicious for the country and economy.
The hall has been disinfected, social distancing has been practiced between the participants
Following his speech, President Erdoğan gave the floor to the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca who managed the process.
On the other hand, social distancing was practiced in the meeting by maintaining a distance of one meter between each participant. The meeting hall has also been disinfected.
The meeting was attended by Vice President Fuat Oktay, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of National Education Ziya Selçuk, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister of Trade Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turhan, Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, President of Strategy and Budget Naci Ağbal, President of Administrative and Financial Affairs of the Presidency Metin Kıratlı, President of Investment Office Burak Dağlıoğlu, Director of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Hakan Fidan, President of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş, President of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) Yekta Saraç, Chairperson of GNAT’s Plan and Budget Committee Lütfi Elvan, Deputy Chairman of AK Party Numan Kurtulmuş, vice chairs of AK Party, AK Party Group Chair Naci Bostancı, AK Party deputy group chairs, Governor of the Central Bank Murat Uysal, President of the Capital Markets Board (SPK) Ali Fuat Taşkesenlioğlu, President of the Competition Authority Birol Küle, Managing Director of the Wealth Fund Zafer Sönmez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turkish Airlines (THY) İlker Aycı, Chair of Borsa İstanbul (BIST) Erişah Arıcan, directors of public banks, directors of public institutions and agencies, representatives of the confederations of employers, workers and tradesmen and non-governmental organizations, members of the Presidency’s Board of Economic Policies and Health Policies, members of the Board of Science, and Deputy Minister of Health Emine Alp Meşe.