The Turkish government re-imposed the closure at the end of the week in most provinces, and imposed restrictions during the month of Ramadan after the sharp increase in cases of Coronavirus.
The rate of Coronavirus infections in Turkey increased less than a month after the country’s 81 provinces were divided into four distinct color categories and the imposition of reduced restrictions in some provinces as part of efforts to “return to controlled normal life” Since then, the number of confirmed daily infections has doubled. Almost three times to about 30,000 injuries, which is equivalent to the record numbers recorded in December.
The country also recorded about 150 deaths per day, compared to about 65 deaths at the beginning of the month.
In a speech to the Turkish President after a cabinet meeting late on Monday evening, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 58 of the 81 Turkish provinces, including Istanbul and Ankara, have now been classified as “red” or “high risk” areas and will be subject to closure. On Saturdays and Sundays, indicating that a night-end curfew will continue to be imposed across the country.
In a speech to the nation, Erdogan said: “The increase in the number of cases and patients as well as the increase in the number of deaths is forcing us to review the current procedures. The number of our provinces that fall into the red category, which constitute high-risk areas, has reached 58 provinces – comprising 80% of the population.”