Turkey's Independent Turkey Party chairman dies from coronavirus

# 14 April 2020 11:16 (UTC +04:00)

The head of Turkey's Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Haydar Bas, who tested positive for coronavirus has lost his life, reports said Tuesday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

Bas was hospitalized with eight other members of his family who tested positive in northern Trabzon province.

He is the first political party leader to lose his life in Turkey as a result of the pandemic.

Turkey has imposed restrictions on daily life in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Though an early response to the crisis has stemmed the number of those infected, the country has had mixed success in limiting public mobility, especially on weekends. Given rising temperatures, the weekend curfew declared Friday in over 31 mainly urban provinces came as no surprise for many, despite having been announced only two hours before implementation.