Senior citizens over 65 and citizens under 20 will be banned from using Istanbul's city-wide transportation card starting on Jan. 15 in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
The public transportation ban follows a ruling by the provincial Health and Safety Board, Istanbulkart's social media account noted.
İstanbul Valiliği Hıfzıssıhha kararına göre Covid-19 önlemleri kapsamında 15 Ocak 2021'den itibaren 65 yaş üstü ve 20 yaş altı tüm vatandaşlarımızın toplu taşıma kullanımı engellenmiştir.— istanbulkart (@istanbulkart) January 11, 2021
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Although senior citizens and students can receive discount fares if they obtain an Istanbulkart with their identity, it's possible to pick up a card from a vending machine without identity, bringing into question the efficiency of the new measure.
Turkey reported 176 COVID-19 patients died on Jan. 10, while another 1,017 new patients were diagnosed.