Ankara, coronavirus pandemic

Ankara bans public rallies because of coronavirus

The measure comes after an increase in coronavirus infections in Ankara, Gaziantep, Bursa and Konya. 54% of COVID-19 patients are in Istanbul.

The Governor of Ankara issued an order on Thursday July 2 declaring a 15-day ban on any type of public rallies, demonstration or gathering of large groups, after Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed that the number of infections by coronavirus in the Turkish capital had increased.

The statement released from the office of the Governor of Ankara, Vasip Şahin, pointed out that all kinds of meetings, demonstrations, marches and similar activities involving large groups of people where the maintenance of social distance is not guaranteed, are prohibited for 15 days to stop the virus from spreading.

The decision was made during a meeting of the Ankara health authorities chaired by the governor, after the Health Minister cited the Turkish capital among the cities where there was an increase in infections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to Gaziantep, Bursa and Konya.

In the statement, the governor warned that if citizens do not comply with the safety regulations against the coronavirus -including the mandatory use of a mask to go outside, hand hygiene and social distancing- the number of infections could continue to increase , putting public health at risk.

On the other hand, this week the Turkish Health Minister also warned during a press conference that the virus has not weakened in the summer, and that 54% of the country’s COVID-19 patients have been detected in Istanbul. Koca however stated that there is a downward trend in coronavirus infections, although it is observed that now the majority of cases are detected in people between the ages of 25 and 45.