healthcare in the East

Turkey is a cosmetic surgery hub

Turkey is a cosmetic surgery hub

Known for its pristine Aegean beaches and architectural wonders, Turkey also draws tourists for its cosmetic treatments

Beijing to conduct 3 more rounds of mass COVID-19 testing

Beijing to conduct 3 more rounds of mass COVID-19 testing

Beijing will conduct three additional rounds of mass nucleic acid testing in 12 districts from May 13 to May 15, as the Chinese capital races against time to contain the latest resurgence of COVID-19 infections. The 12 districts include …

Wearing masks indoors no longer necessary in Israel

Wearing masks indoors no longer necessary in Israel

From 20:00 Moscow time, the requirement for mandatory masks in enclosed spaces, which has been in force since April 2020, has become invalid in Israel, The Times of Israel writes. The corresponding decision of the authorities became …

Thailand to scrap on-arrival COVID tests from May

Thailand to scrap on-arrival COVID tests from May

Thailand will next month remove a requirement for arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 to undergo a test and brief quarantine on arrival, an official said on Friday, the latest measure to revive its battered tourism industry. Visitors …

Israeli PM tests positive for COVID-19

Israeli PM tests positive for COVID-19

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Israel’s state radio Kan reported. According to it, one of the prime minister’s aides tested positive for the coronavirus earlier. …

Two cases of new COVID variant discovered in Israel

Two cases of new COVID variant discovered in Israel

Two people in Israel who returned from abroad were found to be carrying a previously unidentified COVID variant, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The virus is a combination of the BA.1 (omicron) and infectious BA.2 variants. …

Turkey scraps mask requirement

Turkey scraps mask requirement

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca revealed that Turkey is scrapping the outdoor mask requirement as the COVID-19 pandemic eases thanks to the country's vaccination efforts. Outlining the new measures at a press conference, …

Israel to allow unvaccinated tourists into country

Israel to allow unvaccinated tourists into country

Israel announced that it would allow unvaccinated tourists to enter the country beginning next month as the latest wave of the coronavirus recedes. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that foreign tourists, both vaccinated and …

Israel declares 'COVID-19 wave has been broken'

Israel declares 'COVID-19 wave has been broken'

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett declared that the omicron "wave has been broken," during a meeting with ministers and health officials over the future of Israel's coronavirus policy. “We are seeing a steep …

Turkey reports 92,406 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey reports 92,406 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey's confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 92,406 in the past 24 hours, and 258 more people have died, the Health Ministry announced on Feb. 17. The ministry’s infographic said that some 103,988 patients …

Turkey registers over 98,600 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey registers over 98,600 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey reported over 98,600 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, according to the data released by the Health Ministry. The ministry confirmed 98,602 infections, 264 related deaths, and 87,932 recoveries over the past day. As …

Erdogan tests negative for COVID-19

Erdogan tests negative for COVID-19

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tested negative for COVID-19, his doctor Prof. Serkan Topaloglu said in a statement late Thursday. He will return to public service on Friday, Prof. Serkan Topaloğlu added, underlining that he …

Putin wishes Erdogan soonest recovery from Covid

Putin wishes Erdogan soonest recovery from Covid

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished the soonest recovery from the coronavirus infection to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his wife, according to a telegram posted on the Kremlin website. "Dear Mr. …

Turkey’s defense minister catches coronavirus

Turkey’s defense minister catches coronavirus

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar contracted coronavirus after traveling to Ukraine with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also tested positive. "My COVID-19 test came back positive," Akar was quoted as …

‘Immune’ status required to use transport in Saudi Arabia

‘Immune’ status required to use transport in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Transport General Authority has reiterated that starting February 1, vaccination with a booster dose and the “immune” vaccinated status in the Tawakkalna app will be a prerequisite for the use of land, sea and rail …