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Turkey to close most businesses at 10 p.m. amid pandemic

Turkey to close most businesses at 10 p.m. amid pandemic

Cafes, restaurants, barbershops, wedding halls, theaters and several other businesses across Turkey are to close after 10 p.m. as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday announced new measures to combat the increase of coronavirus patients in the country.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Erdoğan said while announcing the new measures that Turkey has managed to keep the resurging COVID-19 threat under control.

Erdoğan said while the outbreak worsened on a provincial level at certain times, from a general standpoint the situation did not require any dramatic measures as of yet.

Explaining that restaurants would be allowed to remain open for takeaway and delivery services, the president also said incentives would be introduced for businesses to offer alternative shifts to their employees.

Istanbul was one of the provinces suffering from a more severe outbreak, with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca last week announcing that the city currently hosts 40% of the country’s current COVID-19 patients.

Calling public transportation the biggest contributor to the spread of the virus, with millions of commuters packing mass transit vehicles during rush hour, Koca was the first to suggest alternative shifts for the workers of the country’s most populated city.