Turkish universities to reopen in October

Turkey's higher education board head said on Thursday that universities will be reopened on Oct. 1 with continued measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We asked universities to plan their education calendar starting on Oct. 1,” Yekta Saraç, the head of Turkey's Higher Education Board (YÖK) said on Twitter.

“Relevant boards of the universities will decide on proceedings for educational programs depending on the local and regional state of the outbreak,” he said.

Turkey announced the initial closure of schools and universities in mid-March after the confirmation of the first coronavirus cases in Turkey.

The government announced that schools will start to reopen on Sept. 21 in a gradual transition back to in-person education, delaying the reopening by three weeks after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The coronavirus has killed nearly 6,000 people in Turkey with more than 240,000 cases recorded.