Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the complete closure of the country from 7 p.m. Thursday April 29 to 5 a.m. Monday May 17 as part of measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
This is what emerges from a press conference held on April 26 after a government meeting in the capital, Ankara.
Erdogan also said that face-to-face education will be suspended in all institutions, including kindergartens, and all exams will be postponed.
He explained that the chain stores will continue their work during the complete closure according to the measures set, except on Sundays.
The Turkish head of state stressed the importance of reducing the number of infections as quickly as possible to less than 5,000 per day, so as not to fall behind in Europe, from which some of his countries have started to pick up. gradually a normal life.
Erdogan said Turkey will pay a very expensive bill in all areas, such as tourism, trade and education if it does not implement the above measures.
He explained that the shutdown does not affect productive, food, cleaning and healthcare businesses, while allowing the food and beverage industry to continue operating through home delivery.
He said travel between Turkish cities will now require special permission during the closure, provided the number of passengers on the buses is halved.
Until Monday evening, Covid-19 affected more than 4,667,000 people in Turkey, of which more than 38,000 died, while 121,000 recovered according to a latest assessment.