Turkey declares lockdown over coronavirus situation

Turkey will have a lockdown due to the coronavirus situation from April 29 to May 17. This was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday, April 26.

“As a result of the measures, we have begun to get results. To return to normal after Ramadan, we need to reduce the number of new cases to 5,000 per day. Otherwise, we will not be able to return to tourism activities. From 7 p.m. on April 29 to 5 a.m. on May 17 a full lockdown is introduced,” Erdogan said in a televised address after a cabinet meeting.

According to the Turkish leader, travel between cities will only be possible by permission. All offices and hotels will be closed, and only emergency services and industries will operate where the process cannot be stopped, Erdogan added.

In April, Fahrettin Hoxha, head of the Turkish Ministry of Health, said that “two important negative factors” were influencing the growth of the disease in the republic – “fatigue of uncertainty” and the mutation of the virus.

Due to worsening of epidemiological situation in Turkey Russia suspended air links with this country from April 15 to June 1. It is planned that all tourists will return from the country by May 1.