Turkey plans to extend the weekend curfew in 31 provinces this week as part of measures against the coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Starting on Thursday, April 23, which is a public holiday commemorating the foundation of Turkish parliament, Turkey will impose curfew in 31 provinces to contain the spread of the virus.
The curfew will end midnight on April 26.
On April 23, Turkey observes the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day every year. This year marks the centennial of the Grand National Assembly.
Erdogan said that bakery shops, water sellers and news vendors will continue operating during the curfew.
His remarks came after a Cabinet meeting held via video link for the fourth time.
"We will continue to impose weekend curfews for some more time without hindering agriculture, health, and food services, as well as basic production activities," he said.
Erdogan said that the aim is to impose measures in the most meticulous manner and to decrease the level of epidemic in Turkey to a level that will allow returning to normal life after Eid, which will follow the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
On Monday, the coronavirus death toll in Turkey reached 2,140, with 90,980 cases.