Istanbul, New Year's Eve

Coronavirus: Turkey decrees a 4-day curfew for New Year’s Eve

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced a coronavirus curfew that will start at 9 p.m. on December 31, until 5 a.m. on January 4.

The President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdoğan, announced late on Monday that finally there will be a curfew on the occasion of New Year’s Eve, and that it will last until Monday, January 4, thus trying to bend the contagion curve of coronavirus, after in the last 24 hours the number of COVID-19 cases has increased again in the country.

“There will be a four-day curfew from 9 p.m. on December 31 to 5 a.m. on January 4, during the New Year’s holidays, as part of the measures against the coronavirus,” Erdoğan announced in a press conference held from Ankara’s presidential palace following a meeting of his cabinet of ministers.

“Thanks to the measures we have taken so far, we observe a serious decrease in the number of patients and deaths from COVID-19, compared to other countries,” said the Turkish president, highlighting the efforts of his government to combat the pandemic. Referring to its effects on the economy, Erdoğan said that measures are being taken to mitigate them and to make Turkey emerge stronger once the pandemic ends.

“Our first and foremost focus is to be among the top countries (in the world economy) in the post-pandemic era,” Erdoğan said. “We are taking steps to guarantee economic growth, foreign investment, and employment opportunities,” he added.

The expected announcement of the curfew on New Year’s Eve – a growing rumor in Turkish media that had already been recommended by various experts – coincides with a new increase in coronavirus cases in Turkey, which again in the last 24 hours exceeded 32,000 daily positives after a notable decline in infections was recorded on Sunday.