Full lockdown introduced in Turkey from April 29
The Turkish authorities are introducing a full lockdown in the country from April 29 to May 17 in connection with the spread of the coronavirus. This was announced on Monday by President Tayyip Erdogan at the end of a cabinet meeting. The broadcast was made by the NTV channel, Tass.ru reports.
"From 19:00 on April 29 to 05:00 on May 17, a full lockdown will be introduced. All offices and workplaces, except for those specified separately by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will be closed. Intercity trips will be carried out with a mandatory permit, public transport will operate with a 50 percent load", - he said.
According to Erdogan, the purpose of these measures is "to reduce the incidence of coronavirus to 5 thousand cases per day."
In the context of a lockdown, classes in kindergartens and schools will also be canceled. The rest of the educational institutions will switch to a remote form of education, exams will be postponed. Curfew conditions will remain in the evening and at night. Hotels will stop making reservations and introduce a strict quarantine regime.
Thus, lockdown in Turkey will last until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Earlier, the authorities introduced partial restrictions for the first two weeks of this month, but they failed to drastically correct the situation with the spread of coronavirus. In recent days, the daily increase in the number of cases has reached 40-50 thousand.
The coronavirus was first identified in Turkey on March 10 last year in a local resident who returned from Europe. The total number of infected people in the country to date has exceeded 4.446 million, 36,975 people have died, and 3.844 million patients have recovered.