Turkey heads towards a complete lockdown to curb Covid19 spread

Turkey heads towards a complete lockdown to curb Covid19 spread

Turkey heads towards a complete lockdown to curb Covid19 spread

Turkey’s president says a full lockdown will start this week to fight coronavirus infections, marking the country’s strictest measure since the pandemic began. The lockdown is set to begin Thursday and last until May 17.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday all businesses will have to close unless otherwise stated by the interior minister. Supermarkets can stay open, except on Sundays. Permission will be needed for intercity travel. All schools will switch to online learning.

Residents will be required to stay home except unless they are shopping for groceries or carrying out other essential tasks, while intercity travel will only be allowed with permission. Cafes and restaurants will only offer delivery services.

This time last year, Turkey was seen as a success story for its early combative action and was even praised by the WHO. One year on, it is among the countries worst affected by Covid, with the highest infection rate in Europe.

The new measures will cover the entire holy Muslim month of Ramadan, as well as three days of the Eid festival.