Turks pack beaches, ignore social distancing rules

Hundreds of thousands of sun seekers flocked to Turkey’s beaches during the Eid al-Adha holiday, reigniting fears of a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus as tourists ignored measures to curb its spread, Hürriyet Daily News said on Monday.

Millions of Turks travelled to resort towns during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, which ended on Monday, the newspaper said.

The Turkish authorities did not impose a nationwide curfew during the holiday. Such a curfew was imposed for the Eid al-Fitr vacation at the end of May.

"Holidaymakers had contact with large number of people. They and their relatives may have been infected,” said Tevfik Özlü, a member of the Turkish Health Ministry's Scientific Committee, according to the Diken news website. “They should immediately admit themselves to hospital if they experience any symptoms."

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said in his daily Twitter briefing on Monday that Turkey might see an increase in new cases of COVID-19, citing the lack of precautions people had taken during the Eid al Adha weekend.