Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his nation to chop down on cigarettes and shisha pipes as he outlined new weekday curfews and full lockdowns at weekends in a bid to halt coronavirus unfold amid file deaths.
Below new guidelines, which start on Tuesday for an unspecified period, Turks might be banned from leaving their properties between 9pm and 5am through the week, after which from 9pm on Friday till 5am on Monday.
The brand new curfew and weekend lockdown comes as Turkey’s Covid-19 loss of life toll hit a file excessive on Monday for the eighth day in a row, with the Well being Ministry reporting an extra 188 fatalities within the final 24 hours. There was additionally a file excessive of 31,219 new instances.
On Monday afternoon, as Turks ready to lock down at dwelling, they had been additionally urged to “give up smoking hookah” by Erdogan as he outlined not solely the brand new measures, but additionally the well being dangers related to tobacco use.
“Please, you must give up smoking,” Erdogan stated, warning them of its adverse affect on the lungs and including that he had “no enterprise” with both cigarettes or hookahs – the water pipes used to smoke tobacco or shisha that are used extensively throughout Turkey.
Below the brand new measures, some faculties might be pressured to shut as will eating places, aside from takeaways, in addition to Turkish baths and different leisure services.
Workplaces with over 50 employees might be strictly monitored by well being officers, whereas the over-65s and under-20s might be banned from taking public transport.
Some sectors, like manufacturing, might be exempt from the brand new restrictions, whereas supermarkets might open throughout specified hours on the weekend.
Erdogan added that Turkey had secured 50 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech, and that healthcare staff would begin receiving the jab from subsequent month.
Turkey, which has a inhabitants of 82 million, has registered no less than 638,847 coronavirus instances, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College.
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