Istanbul. The death toll from Covid-19 also increases in Turkey. The President Recep Tayyip Erdogan therefore imposes another drastic measure: Under-20s are not allowed to leave the house.
In Turkey, 69 more people with corona infection have died within the past 24 hours. This brought the total number of these deaths to 425, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday evening. In addition, 2786 other people had tested positive – the number of officially reported cases rose to 20,921. So far, 141,716 tests have been carried out in Turkey with its approximately 83 million inhabitants.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned to the nation again that evening. After the elderly aged 65 and over and the chronically ill, he now issued an exit ban to under-20s. That should apply from midnight. He also made it mandatory to wear a mask in busy places such as markets or shops. In addition, in 31 cities, cars should initially not be allowed to drive in or out for 15 days.
According to official information, most of the infected were reported in the metropolis of Istanbul – around 12,200 cases. In the evening’s tweet, the city’s mayor, opposition politician Ekrem Imamoglu, pointed out that the number had increased by almost 40 percent within 48 hours. He has been demanding stricter exit restrictions for the city for days. Turkey reported its first coronavirus case on March 11.
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