Panic In Turkey, Government Has Lost Control-Georgian Emigrants
23 March, 2020
Panic In Turkey, Government Has Lost Control-Georgian Emigrants
There have been 1236 cases of COVID-19 officially confirmed in Turkey out of which 30 patients are dead. Moreover, since the coronavirus outbreak, there have not been any cases of recovery which raises panic in people.

Georgians living in Turkey say that the situation is not the same in every city but generally everyone is seriously concerned.

"I live in Istanbul and the situation is getting serious here. My family members tell me to return back
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to Georgia but I need to receive my salary. If I come to Georgia now, it will be hard for me to return back here. Everything is closed and the government asks the people to stay at home and self-isolate themselves. If we do not follow the rules, the government will not have any other options but to start imposing special sanctions. I think that is the only way because no matter what, people still go out to buy food supplies for example because they think that the situation will get worse."- one of the citizens of Georgia, Manana Abashidze says.

The Georgian emigrants are really concerned about the situation created in Turkey, but as they say, they try to be there for each other.

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"I really feel like I am in a fantasy movie when I go out. We do not have permission to go out without a car. The people are scared because thousands of people are infected and there are no recovery cases reported. At first, the government had the situation under control, but these days it got worse. " -Kakha Chachanidze, living in Antalya, says.

It is noteworthy to mention that the locals have a suspicion that the government is hiding the facts and that there are more people infected. In one day, the number of infected increased by 950 people. The spread of information may indeed be causing chaos because as soon as the first case was reported, people immediately run into grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks. They comfort us with the thought that after a few weeks the borders will be opened. The businessman I work with, tells me that we will have a hard time after the virus is gone." - Georgian citizen living in Izmir. 

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