Turkey: New restrictive measures announced by Erdogan as cases increase

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Taking new restrictive measures against its spread coronavirus and a “partial lockdown” for the first two weeks of Ramadan, announced today (13/04) the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The announcements were made at a time when the pandemic in the neighboring country… is showing its teeth.

Turkey ranks fourth in the world in terms of new cases recorded daily. In the last 24 hours, 59,187 new infections have been reported, five times the number reported in early March, when Erdogan relaxed measures.

Also, another 273 people lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 34,455.

Yesterday, Monday 12 April, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned of a “third peak” of the pandemic.

In announcements made after the cabinet meeting, Erdogan said that the lockdown on weekends will continue, while on weekdays the traffic ban will start at 7 pm.

Inter-municipal travel will be prohibited, while senior citizens will no longer be allowed to use public transport. Some classes will return to distance learning. Also, weddings, conferences and all indoor events will be banned, until after the end of Ramadan.

Tougher measures will need to be taken if what is happening now does not bring results, the Turkish president added, according to the APE-MPE.

The new measures will take effect tomorrow, Wednesday 14 April, and will be reviewed in two weeks.

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