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Turks leave megacities en masse in anticipation of lockdown

Residents of Turkish megacities, in particular Istanbul and Ankara, tend to leave the major cities before the lockdown, which will start on Thursday, April 29, at 19: 00. As the NTV TV channel reports, serious traffic jams are already forming at the exit from the cities.

At the end of March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the tightening of coronavirus restrictions. A curfew will be imposed on the entire country, and in the” red “ regions, where the incidence is particularly high, it will be impossible to leave the house on weekends without extreme necessity. The lockdown will end at 05: 00 on May 17. During this period, all organizations and institutions will cease their activities, except those released by the circular of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. To make long-distance trips, you will need to get permission from the authorities.

A few hours before the start of the lockdown, local residents leave the big Turkish cities. They move en masse in their cars towards the resorts on the coast of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Residents of resort towns complain about the monstrous influx of visitors. They are afraid of the importation of coronavirus infection. The hardest part is for the locals in Bodrum and Alanya. Istanbul airports are operating with an increased load.

Tourists in Turkey were allowed not to observe the curfew.

In Turkey, foreign tourists were allowed not to observe the curfew, which begins at 19: 00 on April 29. This is stated in a message on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country.

The relief applies only to foreign citizens who are in Turkey for a short time as tourists. Foreigners who have a residence permit or are under temporary international guardianship are subject to restrictive measures.

In Turkey, on April 28, more than 40 thousand new cases of infection with COVID-19 were detected.

The daily increase in detected cases of coronavirus Over the past day, more than 40 thousand new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Turkey, the Ministry of Health of the country reported on April 28.

The daily increase in infections was 40,444 cases. During the day, 341 patients with the diagnosis of COVID-19 died in Turkey.

“Today, 40,444 new COVID-19 infections have been detected, 4,751,026 since the beginning of the pandemic. 341 people have died, 39,398 since the beginning of the pandemic. 3558 patients remain in serious condition, “ the ministry said in a statement.

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