DUBAI: Turkey has set stricter measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, including restricting people’s travel and closing public spaces, state-owned daily Hurriyat reported.
As of Friday, the country’s infection rate has risen to nearly 6,000, with 92 killed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that travel between cities is only possible with the permission of the local government. He added that the country has also suspended all flights to and from Turkey.
The President said epidemiological committees will be established in 30 Turkish cities and that access to public areas such as picnic areas and forests will be limited.
Erdogan urged citizens to “voluntarily divorce” to avoid stricter measures.
The new measures also include 14-day quarantine regulations for soldiers during their entry and demobilization periods and the imposition of social quarantine on public transport.
More than 47,000 people were tested in Turkey on Friday, and 42 cases of recovery have been registered to date.