The measure will be on effect during April 23, 24, 25 and 26, and will affect the 30 largest cities in Turkey, including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir. The objective is to stop the infections and normalise the situation at the end of May.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced late Monday after a cabinet meeting that the government will enact a new curfew that will affect the country’s 30 largest cities and that, this time, it will last for 4 days to count from April 23th.
During a televised message to the nation, Erdoğan reported that the curfew will be longer this time because it coincides with the start of Ramadan and thus prevents massive displacement to other provinces that can serve to spread the coronavirus. He also confirmed that the curfews of the last weekends will continue “for a time” that was not specified.
As on previous occasions, the curfew will affect the 30 largest cities in Turkey -including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir– in addition to the province of Zonguldak, and will continue on April 23th, 24th, 25th and 26th -from Thursday to Sunday- coming into effect at midnight on April 22th.
The rest of the cities and metropolitan areas included in the measure will be Adana, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin Muğla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Trabzon and Van.
90,980 cases of coronavirus registered in Turkey
The objective, stressed the Turkish president, is to ensure that the level of contagion of the coronavirus falls enough to allow a progressive normalisation of life in the country after the religious festival for the end of Ramadan, which this year will take place at the end of May, although he stressed that before that date, progress could be made in this regard if the conditions are favorable.
According to the latest data on the incidence of the pandemic offered on Monday night by the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, the number of registered coronavirus infections in Turkey after having carried out 673,980 tests amounts to 90,980, while there are already 2,140 deceased by the virus; at the same time, 13,430 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after overcoming the disease, and 1,909 remain in ICU.
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