Turkey will put in place a full lockdown by May 17 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which forced the government to take more stringent measures after a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The lockdown, today Going into effect at 7 p.m. in the evening, will cover the remainder of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as well as three days of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
All businesses will be closed with certain exceptions, e.g. B. Production facilities, food, hygiene and health companies. Supermarkets will also cease operations on Sundays.
Restaurants and cafes only offer delivery services, while intercity trips require special authorization from the authorities.
The government decided on a complete lockdown after the daily number of coronaviruses Cases had reached record highs and was around 60,000.
The residents of Istanbul set out to leave the largest city in the country before the lockdown took effect, resulting in heavy traffic.
” This is not the time for a vacation. People shouldn’t see the lockdown as an opportunity to go to their summer homes or resorts. This can only increase the number of infections, ”warned Professor Mustafa Necmi İlhan.
The effects of the partial lockdown imposed by the government earlier this month have become visible, and the effects of the full lockdown will be seen within 14 days Be noticeable, İlhan added.
If people stick to the rules, the number of cases will gradually drop, maybe even to 5,000, he said.
The goal is to track the number of virus cases Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. He also noted that more and more people between the ages of 40 and 65 are being treated in hospitals for COVID-19.
“We have to continue the vaccinations along with restrictions. We should take the opportunity at this time, we have to give as many vaccines as possible, “said the minister.
He also noted that 83 percent of people who are entitled to a vaccine go to hospitals for the And recalled that the rate was previously 76 percent in people over 65 years of age.
Recognizing the efforts of the “vaccine advocacy teams” in increasing the rate, Koca said, “This was not the only reason but people also see the positive effects of the bumps. You can see that those who received the shot have mild symptoms even after contracting the virus. “
The Ministry of Health put together teams to convince of the COVID-19 injection. Vaccination against the coronavirus is not mandatory in Turkey.
The country has administered over 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched its vaccination program on Jan. 14. More than 15.9 million people received the first dose, while over 8.6 million people received both doses.
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