Turkey has again issued stricter rules against the spread of the corona virus. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced nationwide exit restrictions for the weekends. They apply between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. the next morning.
Classes in schools are being switched back to online offers. In addition, restaurants and cafés are only allowed to offer delivery services.
The German Press Agency quotes the Turkish President as saying that special restrictions should apply to young people under 20 years of age and those over 65 years of age. Details are to be announced soon by the Ministry of the Interior.
Erdogan justified the tightening with a “serious” increase in the number of cases in several cities such as the metropolis of Istanbul. It is difficult to assess how badly the 83 million country is affected. The government only reports the daily number of people infected with symptoms. According to official information, around 11,000 people have died of or with Covid-19 so far.
Last lockdown from April to May
Turkey had restricted public life in April and May due to the spread of the virus. There were curfews on weekends and travel restrictions. The measures were largely lifted at the beginning of June. As in other countries, the situation has now deteriorated again. In October, the federal government re-enacted a travel warning for all of Turkey.