Istanbul during the coronavirus pandemic

New restrictions against coronavirus in Istanbul and Ankara

In the last 24 hours, 2,529 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in Turkey, and another 87 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New restrictions to curb the increase in coronavirus cases have come into effect in Istanbul and Ankara, the two main cities in Turkey, where the death toll as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded the barrier of 11,000 deaths, according to the latest official figures released yesterday.

As announced by the governors of the provinces of Istanbul and Ankara, those people over 65 will suffer a partial confinement that will allow them to go out only between 10 am in the morning and 4 pm in the afternoon, always maintaining security measures, including social distance and the use of a mask.

The measure, however, provides an exception for public officials and for certain professions, including doctors and health workers, pharmacists, elected authorities, social workers, entrepreneurs, merchants and farmers, among others. Although the measures are already in force in Ankara, in Istanbul they will not come into operation until tomorrow, Thursday.

According to the latest data provided yesterday by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, in the last 24 hours there have been 2,529 new cases of coronavirus in Turkey and another 87 deaths from the disease. The number of critically ill patients now exceeds 3,000, with a hospital occupancy rate averaging 53.5% across the country, although the situation is especially worrying in cities such as Ankara and especially Istanbul.