Turkey’s Ministry of Health took measures to minimize the burden on health facilities and medical professionals amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.  

As part of the measures, hospitals across the country, including those run privately and by foundations, that meet certain conditions will be qualified to function as pandemic hospitals.

The ministry said hospitals would become pandemic hospitals if they employed specialized doctors in at least two of either infectious diseases, pulmonology or internal diseases. 

Facilities that can be designated as pandemic hospitals will be required to have a level-three adult intensive care unit.  

In regions where pandemic hospitals are

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