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Ankara doubles Istanbul in coronavirus infections in Turkey

Turkish government has extended restrictions on celebrations across the country as coronavirus cases rise.

The total number of infections in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, is double that of cases registered in Istanbul, said the Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca late on Wednesday, also stating that the country is going through the second peak of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Koca, however, did not offer concrete data on the situation in both provinces, the most populated in the country; but he referred as usual to the number of new infections registered in the past 24 hours, which again exceeded the 1,500 barrier to reach 1,596 new positives, while 45 deaths from COVID-19 were registered (6,462 in total). In this way, the accumulated number of infections registered in Turkey now amounts to 273,301.

The minister also indicated that 108,000 new tests had been carried out in the past 24 hours throughout the country. “We have increased the number of tracking teams to more than 10,000,” he added.

Without providing concrete data on the situation in Ankara and Istanbul, Koca stressed that there was an increase in cases in the Inner Anatolia provinces. “Unfortunately there is an increase (of new cases) in Central and Southeast Anatolia. Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Erzurum, Sivas and Kayseri remain among the provinces with the most infections,” he said.

Restrictions on celebrations are extended to all of Turkey

Precisely on Wednesday the Turkish government announced new restrictions due to the increase in recent weeks of infections by the new SARS-CoV-2 virus; specifically, the Ministry of the Interior issued a circular on September 2 expanding to the 81 provinces of Turkey the restrictions on the celebration of ceremonies, weddings and other social events that had initially only been decreed in 14 provinces.

Thus, from Friday, September 4, celebrations and events with large public attendance, such as weddings or engagement ceremonies between the bride and groom, may only last one hour and during them dances will be prohibited as well as serving food or drink. In addition, the police will control that there are no people over 65 or under 15 who are not direct relatives of the couple.

“Although the pandemic is not out of control, the lack of care in weddings and religious celebrations has brought us to this point,” said the Turkish Health Minister, although for now he ruled out new confinements and curfews to stop the coronavirus. “The virus is infecting more people in Turkey every day. The number of cases we announce is not decreasing. For this reason, our citizens continue to die every day,” he concluded.