New measures in Turkey to try to curb the coronavirus include the closure of bars, pubs and clubs from this Monday. New cases detected are from Turks repatriated from Europe and America.
Turkey already registers 18 cases of the coronavirus that has infected some 170,000 people worldwide and caused more than 6,500 deaths, mainly in China, Italy, Iran and Spain, as confirmed by the press chief of the Presidency of the Republic, Fahrettin Altun, while the authorities impose new measures such as the closure of entertainment venues to try to contain the pandemic.
“Our government continues to take strong measures to deal with the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the number of cases in Turkey has increased to 18 today,” Altun said. “We are implementing strong control protocols at our land and sea borders, in addition to the already strict ones mediated at our airports,” he added.
For his part, the Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed on Sunday through his Twitter account that 12 new cases had been detected, in addition to the 6 cases of coronavirus detected until Sunday morning, after a pilgrim who had travelled to Mecca test positive. 7 of the newly infected are Turkish citizens who returned to Turkey from European countries, while another 3 were repatriated from the USA.
In recent days, the Turkish government has suspended flights with several European countries and has taken extreme cleaning measures in transport and public places in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 from spreading through Turkey, which had remained free of the virus until the first case was detected on March 10th. The government insists on limiting travel abroad and asks those who return to quarantine.
Precisely thousands of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia were placed under quarantine in dormitories of students enabled for the occasion in the cities of Ankara and Konya; the dorms were already empty as the government suspended classes at the universities for at least three weeks. Meanwhile, on Sunday the last Turkish citizens repatriated from Europe returned by plane.
Turkish government closes all bars and clubs
As a result of the new cases of COVID-19 infection detected in the country, the Ministry of the Interior announced late on Sunday that as of 10:00 am (local time) on Monday, March 16th, it was decreed the closure of all bars, clubs, pubs and other nightlife venues.
The ministry sent circulars to the governors of the country’s 81 provinces with information and recommendations on the coronavirus, which causes the disease called COVID-19, asking to avoid large concentrations of people to prevent the spread of the virus. The Turkish government will also shortly announce the launch of a free hotline that will allow citizens to determine if they are infected.
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