Friday, December 3, 2021

COVID19: Turkey prepares for lockdown

In Turkey the streets are crowded, the shopping centers busy and the traffic heavy as the country prepares lockdown from today to May 17 to curb coronavirus infections.

This is its first full lockdown of the pandemic, to curb a surge in cases and deaths. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that all businesses in Turkey will have to close unless otherwise stated by the interior minister. Supermarkets can stay open, except on Sundays. Permission will be needed for intercity travel. All schools will switch to online learning.

This time last year, Turkey was seen as a success story for its early combative action and was even praised by the WHO. One year on, it is among the countries worst affected by COVID, with the highest infection rate in Europe.

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