With more than 50,000 cases and deaths of more than 10,000 Turkey is going fast in to a virtual tragedy.
After Iran, Turkey is the second most disastrous country of Covid 19 pandemic. The latest report marked the total deaths as 1,101 and tally of number of cases into 52,167.
At the beginning, President Recep Tayip Erdoğan has resisted calls by doctors’ unions and opposition politicians to order people to stop going to work and stay home, insisting that the “wheels of the economy must keep turning”. Turkey is still recovering from a 2018 currency crash, leading economists and policymakers to fear a coronavirus-induced recession is inevitable.
But after the sudden spike in the cases, he announced a 48-hour curfew in the country which is now undergoing. The government has gradually increased measures to combat the virus, including the suspension of international flights, border crossings and travel between cities, a ban on public gatherings and communal prayer, and the closing of schools and most shops.
People under the age of 20 and over 65 are subject to curfews, and troop movements in neighbouring Syria have been limited to fight the pandemic. As of Monday, Erdoğan said the sale of facemasks was banned, and masks would instead be distributed to households free of charge. Their use is now mandatory on public transport and in shops and public spaces.