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Turkey lifts 4-day nationwide curfew against virus

Turkey lifts 4-day nationwide curfew against virus
Midnight ends country's 7th weekend of stay-at-home orders to curb spread of COVID-19

By Tanju Ozkaya

ANKARA (AA) – At the stroke of midnight Tuesday, Turkey lifted a four-day nationwide curfew for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed some 4,400 lives in the country.

Although previous weekend curfews have covered major cities, this one covered the entire country for four days over the holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Turkish public largely complied with the four-day lockdown taken across the country, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A total of 47,831 people who did break the curfew between 12 midnight (1000GMT) Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. (0600GMT) were subject to judicial or administrative proceedings, according to the statement.

The ministry also said that quarantine was lifted on Sunday in 395 settlements in 63 cities.

The first curfew was declared on April 11-12 and was followed by others in subsequent weeks.

As of Sunday, the country reported a total of 158,762 coronavirus cases, including 121,507 recoveries, including a significant rise.

Since first appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

The US, Russia, Brazil, and several European countries are currently the hardest hit in the world.

The pandemic has killed nearly 348,000 people worldwide, with more than 5.55 million confirmed cases, while recoveries around 2.27 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

source: News Feed
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