Turkey’s Interior Ministry has declared a document circulating on social media claiming that a curfew would be imposed this weekend as fake news. Deputy Interior Minister İsmail Çataklı on Aug. 6 urged the people not to be misled by such “fake documents whose origins are unknown.”
Turkey will be imposing partial curfews on the days when the nationwide high school and university exams will be held on June 20, 27 and 28. The partial curfews will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. on June 20 and 27, whereas it will be in effect on June 28 between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., the Interior Ministry said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on June 4 after public backlash. In a series of tweets, Erdoğan said on June 5 the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new COVID-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000.
Turkey will impose a two-day curfew in 15 provinces beginning Friday midnight in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Interior Ministry said grocery shops will be allowed to operate until 11 p.m. on June 5 and they will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 6.
The southeastern province of Gaziantep once again received almost half of all fines issued nationwide for violating the weekend curfew. A total of 5,108 fines were issued to individuals during the curfew, while 16 businesses were fined for operating during the curfew.
People flock to streets after midnight as life returns to ‘normal’ following COVID-19 pause in Turkey
Residents of Turkey's provinces under COVID-19 lockdowns flocked to streets, bus stations and even the beach after midnight. As businesses reopened and daily life returned to pre-coronavirus activity, traffic congestion in Istanbul rose to 26 percent by 7.30 a.m. on June 1.
A recent survey has found that 86 percent of Turks support the government's implementation of weekend lockdowns while 40 percent either do not leave their houses at all or are not accepting guests due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Istanbul Municipality’s COVID-19 consultation committee urged the government to implement an 11-day curfew, a week before and four days during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, beginning May 23. The committee noted that the end of Ramadan is a highly active time for family socialization and shopping, both of which require physical contact.
Shepherd takes herd of sheep through residential areas to graze after COVID-19 curfew in northern Turkey
A video of a herd of sheep in the residential area of a Black Sea province was widely shared on social media in Turkey. The sheep can be heard blatting and the sounds of their bells are audible in the video, as the streets remain deserted by humans merely hours after the end of a three-day curfew that aimed to slow the spread of coronavirus.
A senior official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reportedly told BBC Turkish that a curfew would be implemented during the three-day Eid al-Fitr that celebrates the end of Ramadan. The official said that many families gather for the holiday, hug, and often kiss each other on the cheeks and hands, which risks spreading COVID-19.
Turkey will send medical gear including protective suits and masks to the United States to help its efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. Erdoğan also said that Turkey will continue to implement weekend lockdowns in 31 provinces until after Eid al-Fitr in late May and the fresh lockdown this week will include the public holiday of May 1.
Turkish experts claim rampage ahead of 48-hour curfew increased COVID-19 spread rate, Health Minister denies
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca denied that the rampage that preceded the 48-hour curfew on April 10 caused an increase in the spread rate of COVID-19. On the other hand, experts have pointed at the spike in the spread rate that measures more than half a percentage point and follows the crowded chaos of April 10 by exactly 10 days, as experts had predicted.
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The resignation attempt of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 12 taking full responsibility for the chaos triggered by a disordered and late announcement of country's first weekend curfew shed light on the power struggle within the ruling party. Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki analyze the motives behind Soylu's power play and President Erdoğan's reasons for not letting him go.
President Erdoğan in his last “address to the nation” which was duly broadcast via all available means defiantly stated that “our country will eradicate all (its’) media and politics viruses.”
Turkey has reimposed a 48-hour curfew in 31 major provinces beginning on April 17 night as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Ahead of the curfew, many people flocked into supermarkets to supply their needs, while long queues were seen in front of butcher's shops and bakeries.