The scarcely populated southeastern settlements of Hakkari, Şırnak, Muş, and Batman were the only four among the 81 provinces in Turkey that scored low enough on the Health Ministry's risk scale for normalization.
Provinces with less than 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people will be considered low risk, those between 11 and 35 cases medium risk, 36 and 100 high risk and the rest very high risk, according to the state normalization plan.
The only four provinces that were low risk according to Feb. 22 data were Hakkari with 3.21 cases per 100,000 people, Şırnak with 3.91 cases, Muş with 8.51 cases and Batman with 8.71 cases.
Provinces that qualify to normalize will receive instructions via their provincial health directorate, the ministry said, although 12 provinces still remain in the "high-risk category."
The first step in normalization will be restarting in-person education, followed by in-person services and the removal of weekend curfews.