Turkey introduces new partial lockdown
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a two-week 'partial lockdown' to halt a recent increase in daily cases and deaths related to the new coronavirus variant, T24 news site reported on Tuesday.
The curfew will start at 7:00 PM and lasts until 5:00 AM and it has been expanded to a prohibition on long distance travelling on the weekends except for emergency cases. Restrictions on the use of urban public transport for those over 65 and under 18 will also be re-introduced.
Flexible working hours will be promoted in the public sector as pregnant women, those with chronic diseases, and female personnel with children under 10 years of age will be considered on administrative leave.
All educational institutions will continue their activities with distance education with the exception of 8th and 12th grade students, and pre-school education.
These new restrictions are coming into force only a day after the start of Ramadan in Muslim-majorityTurkey. Under the new COVID-19 measures, cafes, coffee houses, clubs, tea gardens, gyms and shopping malls will suspend their activities until after the Ramadan fest. Restaurants will also only service take-aways at specified hours. All meetings and events held in closed areas including engagement and marriage ceremonies are to be postponed as well until after the Ramadan fest.
Mass fast-breaking events and similar organizations cannot be held in accommodation facilities and houses while hotels can only provide services limited to their own customers.
Turkish Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 54,562 new daily cases, bringing the total to 3,962,760. The number of deaths from the virus is at 34,455.
In this map above red color represents too risky cities in Turkey between on April 3 and 9.