Turkish presidente Erdoğan

Erdoğan announces 3-day curfew for coronavirus

The measure, which will be repeated every weekend until last days of May, will last from Friday to Sunday. The number of discharges in Turkey already doubles that of new infections by coronavirus.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced in a speech to the nation on Monday after a meeting of his cabinet of ministers that the country’s 30 main cities -including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir– as well as the entire Zonguldak province will be under a curfew between on May 1st and 3rd with the aim of further reducing coronavirus infections, which have continued to decline in Turkey in recent days.

Erdoğan, who added that curfews during the weekends will continue at least until the end of Ramadan in late May, confirmed that the measure will apply to the 30 metropolitan areas that were already under curfew in the last weekends of week, although shops and supermarkets will be open for shopping between 9:00 and 14:00 on Friday.

The Turkish president stressed that thanks to measures like this and its powerful health infrastructure, Turkey has the lowest death rate from coronavirus in Europe, while the number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 falls every day. “We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am confident that we can have two parties after Ramadan,” said Erdoğan, thanking citizens for their cooperation and for complying with the rules.

Referring to the important aid provided by Turkey to other countries to combat the pandemic, Erdoğan stressed that the Turkish authorities have sent medical supplies to 55 countries, and that on Tuesday several planes with N95 masks, face screens, disinfectants and other similar material will depart for the United States. In addition, “we have brought 40,000 citizens back to Turkey, and we plan to repatriate 25,000 more.”, he added.

The number of registrations already doubles that of new infections

On the other hand, the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, again offered last Monday hopeful data on the evolution of the pandemic in Turkey, where the number of discharges and patients recovered from COVID-19 more than doubles that of new infections.

According to the latest figures provided by the minister, the number of coronavirus infections registered to date in Turkey has reached 112,261 -2,131 in the last 24 hours – after more than 900,000 tests performed, maintaining the downward trend, while that for the 8th consecutive day the deceased decreased -95 in the last 24 hours, 2,900 in total- and the total discharges totalled 33,791, with 4,651 patients recovered in a single day.