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Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya has called on COVID-19 patients under home quarantine not to leave their houses under any circumstance.

“I ask of you something, as the governor of this city. For God’s sake, do not go outside…We are both taking an administrative action and also filing a criminal complaint,” Yerlikaya said on Sept. 3 during an opening ceremony.

Yerlikaya said that local governor’s offices in 39 districts are working to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients under home quarantine so that these patients do not have to step outside.

“Our social support groups are supporting them in every way. Whatever they need, we take it to them, newspaper, water, bread etc. If their financial situation is not good, we are also helping them,” Yerlikaya said.

Yerlikaya’s statement came a day after Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that Turkey is going through the second peak of the first wave of the COVID-19.

Fatalities have jumped to their highest since mid-May, when lockdowns were in place, and new cases have risen to mid-June levels, at almost 1,600. Turkey mostly reopened the economy and lifted weekend and age-specific lockdowns in early June.

The Interior Ministry on Sept. 2 announced that street weddings and large celebrations have been banned in all provinces in Turkey. The ministry also said that wedding ceremonies have been limited to an hour, with a ban on dancing and serving of food.