Coronavirus lockdown starts in Turkey

Coronavirus lockdown starts in Turkey

A 17-day lockdown began in Turkey on Thursday evening to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a full lockdown starting from Thursday 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. on May 17.

As part of the new measures, cafes and restaurants will only offer delivery services, while chain supermarkets will be closed on Sundays.

All intercity travel will be subject to permission, whereas public transport will operate at 50% capacity, he added. Accommodation reservations do not provide an exception.

The lockdown will cover the remainder of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as well as three days of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey has so far confirmed more than 4.78 million cases, over 4.25 million recoveries, and 39,737 fatalities.