Turkey imposes new national Covid-19 restrictions

by MCR Correspondent

Turkey’s interior Ministry has in a circular imposed new Covid-19 restrictions across the country amid rising fatalities.

The restrictions now expands from 14 to all of 81 provinces in Turkey.

In the circular released on Thursday September 3, 2020, it was stated that large gatherings such as outdoor weddings and other traditional celebrations will be toned down from Friday henceforth.

“The duration of a wedding ceremony in Turkey has been limited to an hour, with a ban on dancing and serving of food,” it says.

The circular also explains that people aged 65 and above and under 15, who are not first and second degree relatives of the bride and groom, will not be allowed to attend the wedding.

At least one public officer will attend the wedding ceremony to monitor the measures.

Earlier on Wednesday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said “Turkey was witnessing the second peak of the pandemic as single-day deaths rose to above 40 over the past three days, a steep rise.”

So far, Turkey had registered a total of 6,462 deaths due to COVID-19, while over 246,000 people have recovered from the disease. Currently, there are nearly 274,000 confirmed cases in the country.

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