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Ankara and Istanbul imposed new restrictions amid pandemic

Ankara and Istanbul imposed new restrictions amid pandemic

Residents who are 65 and older in Ankara and Istanbul have been restricted from leaving their homes except for certain hours as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, local officials said Tuesday, while the COVID-19 death toll in Turkey is now over 11,000, according to figures released by the Health Ministry on Tuesday.

The governorates in capital Ankara and Istanbul have decided to impose a partial lockdown for people over 65 as part of new measures against the increasing number of infections.

People over 65 in Istanbul and Ankara will be allowed to go outside only between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An exception has been made for public servants and those in certain professions, including doctors, health care workers, pharmacists, elected public officials, social workers and others.

Business owners, traders, industrialists, farmers, those who are self-employed and the heads of professional associations have been also exempted from restrictions.

Istanbul restrictions begin Thursday.