Ankara’s populous Beypazari district put under quarantine

Beypazarı, a residential area in Turkey’s capital Ankara, has been put under quarantine after the district’s elected head and his mother tested positive for COVID-19, Diken news website reported on Thursday.

Temel Ayça, the district governor of Beypazarı, said the quarantine measures would be applied for 14 days, according to Diken.

The Turkish government is urging citizens to respect social distancing rules and wear protective masks after it relaxed restrictions on movement in June. Case numbers are still peaking in Turkey when they should be in decline, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said last week.

“Let's keep a mutual distance. Let's not lower our masks unless we are alone,” Koca said on Twitter on Thursday.

Turkey reported 933 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total since the outbreak on March 11 to 216,873. Twenty-one people died, raising the death toll to 5,440, according to the official figures.

Bademli village in the province of Burdur, Haydar village in Çorum and Geynik village in Sivas were also put under quarantine. Preventive measures were also applied to 62 households in Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey, Diken said.