Claim: Turkish Government Downplays Corona Risk
On the 30th of November, Der Standart published an article that aiming Turkey which falsely claims Turkish Government is insensitive about Corona Virus. Opposite of this claim, stepping up measures against a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey on Monday introduced new restrictions, including a curfew on weeknights and a full weekend curfew.
“A general curfew will be applied every weeknight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the public following a Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara. There will also be a weekend-long curfew, from Friday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, he added. Some sectors, including production, supply, health, and agriculture, will be exempt from the curfews, Erdogan said. He added that some shops that provide home delivery service, such as markets and butchers, will also be excluded from the weekend restrictions.
In addition, people 20 and younger as well as those 65 and older are barred from using public transportation, he said, adding that restaurants will operate on a delivery-only basis. He said kindergartens and similar educational institutions will be suspended, a step already announced over the weekend for Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Funeral prayers will be performed with a maximum of 30 people, including relatives of the deceased, and weddings will also not exceed this number. Places such as Turkish baths, saunas, massage salons, swimming pools, and amusement parks will also halt activities. The number of people who can enter crowded streets and squares will be limited by local authorities.
Erdogan also announced that everyone will be required to present their individual electronic HES codes (which contain personal info about covid) to show their infection status – available through a free smartphone app – when entering shopping centers. House gatherings, including New Year’s Eve celebrations, will not be allowed, as part of the newly announced measures. Erdogan reiterated his call on the public to quit smoking for the sake of their own health, taking the circumstances of the pandemic as an opportunity to do so.
The Turkish president said the new restrictions will go into effect as of Tuesday. On Nov. 20, Turkey had announced a partial weekend curfew from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. and other restrictions nationwide to help stem the virus’ spread. As a second wave of the virus began this fall, countries worldwide have reintroduced restrictions in the interest of public health.