Istanbul experiences traffic jam on first day of COVID-19 full lockdown
On the first day of the COVID-19 full lockdown, bus stops and metro stations in Istanbul were crowded with passengers who were trying to get to work. The Metro Istanbul said that it was providing additional trips due to passenger congestion. Some 61 percent of workers are employed in sectors that are fully exempt from the lockdown rules.
Istanbul, the country's most populated city, did not see much of a decline in its traffic on April 30, despite the COVID-19 full lockdown.
The Istanbul Metro announced on Twitter that it has increased the number of trips on the subway lines to alleviate the passenger traffic.
According to the Research Center of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK-AR), 61 percent of workers are employed in sectors that are fully exempt from the lockdown rules.
As the public transport has been limited to a 50 percent capacity during the full lockdown, several people were seen waiting at the bus stops throughout the megacity.