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Turkey imposes partial lockdown to curb recent cOVID surge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during an economic meeting with international investors at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on August 02, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 2, 2016, launched his most bitter attack yet on Turkey's Western allies over the July 15 attempted putsch, accusing them of supporting both "terror" and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him. Turkey meanwhile issued arrest warrants for about 100 staff, including doctors, at Ankara's main military hospital, in a new phase of the crackdown after the failed coup that has seen some 18,000 detained and caused international consternation. / AFP PHOTO / TURKEY'S PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / KAYHAN OZER

Turkey has recently been reporting high coronavirus cases on daily basis. On the previous day, Turkey reported nearly 3900 cases. Therefore, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a partial weekend curfew across the country, according to the TRT World.

“We are facing a serious situation,” Erdogan told the nation on Tuesday after chairing a cabinet meeting.

“The number of cases and deaths have reached a serious level, starting with Istanbul, so we need to be more careful.”

The president ordered restaurants and coffee shops to switch to only takeout service.

The curfew would be from 1700 to 0700 GMT [8pm to 10am local time] and start this Friday. The supply chain will not be disrupted.

Cinemas will be closed while schools will switch to remote learning until the end of the year. Stores and shopping malls have only been allowed to open for a few hours.

A partial curfew which was already in place for people above the age of 65 has also been expanded to include those under 20, with the exception of those who have to go out for work.

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