Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that the closure imposed on Saturday and Sunday in major cities will be renewed every weekend as long as this is necessary to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“In the context of the fight against the pandemic, we have decided to continue the closure during the weekend as long as necessary. I now know our citizens that a closure will be imposed from midnight Friday, April 17 to midnight Sunday, April 19,” he said after a government video conference. .
The interior was surprised on Friday evening, Millions of Turks informing them of the decision to prevent the exit Of homes over the weekend in the country’s 30 largest cities just two hours before it went into effect.
The belated announcement prompted thousands of terrified people to crowd into the stores to buy provisions, violating social rules of estrangement.
This led to the presentation of the Minister of the Interior, Suleiman Soilo His resignation Sunday evening after a wave of criticism targeting him, but Erdogan refused to resign.
For his part, the Head of State affirmed on Monday, “We will take the necessary measures to avoid the chaos that we have witnessed.”
In addition, Turkish Minister of Health, Fakhruddin Kujah, said on Monday that the number of confirmed cases With corona virus In his country, there increased 4,093 cases during the past 24 hours, while deaths increased by 98, taking the total number of deaths to 1296.
He added that the total number of injuries in the country was 61049.
The minister said that the cases of healing reached 3,957 thus far, and the number of examinations carried out during the past 24 hours reached 34,456.
Earlier today, Monday, the Turkish Minister of Justice announced the death of three prisoners as a result of being infected with the new Corona virus.
Minister Abdul Hamid Gul told reporters in Ankara that 17 convicts in five prisons were infected with the virus. “Unfortunately, three of them died while receiving treatment in hospital.”
On Sunday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylo had caused a tremor in the political arena in the country, after he submitted his resignation due to the chaos in the country due to the sudden announcement of the curfew in order to limit the spread of the epidemic.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to resign and called on him to continue his job.
While observers considered the resignation because of the conflict of the wings within the ruling party between Soylu and Erdogan’s son-in-law, the Minister of Finance.