Turkey will commence normalisation of COVID-19 with caution: Erdoan

Turkey will begin its COVID-19 normalisation period with social distance and hygiene safeguards in place, President Recep Tayyip Erdoan stated late Monday at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.

Erdoan said that all cafés and restaurants would be able to welcome people while adhering to sanitary and social distance guidelines.

“Nighttime curfews will be in place throughout June during weekdays from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and from Saturday 10 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m.,” he said.

Sundays will be subject to total lockdown till further notice, according to Erdoan.

Turkey began a gradual normalisation phase on May 17 following a 17-day lockdown that drastically reduced infection levels throughout the country.

Until June 1, the country imposed nightly curfews from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with weekends completely shut down.

Later in the day, official numbers revealed that Turkey had delivered over 29 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations since launching a major immunisation programme in mid-January.

According to the Health Ministry, more than 16.58 million people have got their initial doses, and more than 12.48 million have been fully vaccinated.

The country has also taken steps to broaden the vaccine campaign to people aged 50 and up.

The ministry also confirmed 6,493 new coronavirus cases, including 596 symptomatic patients, across the country in the last 24 hours. The number of new cases on Sunday was 6,933.

Turkey’s overall case count has surpassed 5.24 million, while the national death toll has risen to 47,527, with 122 additional fatalities.

As many as 9,582 additional people recovered from the infection, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 5.11 million.

To far, 54.13 million coronavirus tests have been performed.

According to the most recent data, there are 1,339 COVID-19 patients in critical condition, a 51-person decrease from the last count on Sunday.

According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the pandemic has claimed over 3.54 million deaths in 192 countries and territories since December 2019, with over 170.42 million cases documented globally.

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