Turkey warns on weddings, hen nights as COVID-19 cases climb in some regions

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca took to Twitter on Monday to warn of failures to respect social distancing rules at weddings and hen nights as numbers of COVID-19 infections continue to climb in some regions of Turkey.

Koca said reports of a wedding in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, a province with a high infection rate, in which 70 people took part in a halay dance arm-in-arm and without wearing masks.

He also said that 35 people had been put into quarantine after attending a hen night in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, and that the wedding had been postponed.

Koca cautioned that poor social distancing at weddings can end with people becoming ill and ending up requiring treatment in intensive care.

In his daily Twitter update on Monday, Koca reported that there had been 931 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in Turkey in the previous 24 hours, with 17 deaths from the disease in the same time period.

Turkey’s total confirmed number of infections stands at 220,572 and its official death toll from the disease is 5,508.

Koca said that the five provinces with the highest rate of infection are Istanbul, Ankara, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Bursa. The five provinces with the lowest rate of infections are Artvin, Bilecik, Tunceli, Edirne, and Bayburt.