Western Bursa's wedding venue managers and wedding organizers protested the Interior Ministry's restrictions on events as a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
A deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has suggested that further restrictions be implemented on Internet users, limiting access to Virtual Private Networks (VPN) too. Turkey's parliament will soon be voting on a social media restriction bill that will limit access to certain platforms.
Like the rest of the world, Turkey is discussing when and how to ease the coronavirus restrictions. While shopping malls are to be reopened in 10 days, the Parliament is to be shut down until June 2 and courts until June 15. This gives an idea of the government’s priorities.
Turkey’s relaxation of COVID-19 precautions will be discussed in a cabinet meeting today. While food businesses and hair salons will reportedly open in May, tourism, transportation and cultural activities are expected to pick back up in June, according to a pro-government journalist who often gets a tip-off from President Erdoğan's inner cabinet.
Madhuvanthi Srinivasan reports: Amid the lockdown and the restrictions on the movement of international flights in and out of India, 65 Turkish nationals are stranded across the country. While the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi has taken down the information of those stranded, they’ve asked everybody to stay wherever they are till things improve. Stranded Turks fear that the lockdown, which is due to end on April 15, would be extended.
U.S. President Trump has compared his announcement of coronavirus restrictions to that of Turkish President Erdoğan agreeing to a ceasefire with the YPG, as both leaders did "were not happy about it," but felt obligated to do so.
Turkish citizens who are older than 65-year-old and suffering from chronic illnesses will be restricted from leaving their homes amid coronavirus measures, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
The Covid-19 will inevitably affect a much wider population, and Turkey’s limited testing is dramatic. Scientists, doctors unanimously urge for a radical testing procedure. In Istanbul, a city of 16 million, there are only four hospitals conducting tests. Meanwhile, states of emergency, strict restrictions and bans are anything but new in Turkey!