Turkey imposes 'full lockdown' from April 29 to May 17

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday announced a full lockdown starting from Thursday, April 29 to May, 17, to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Erdoğan said that the lockdown will be continuous and will last until May 17.

The nation of 84 million has seen daily Covid-19 death tolls rise to around 350 -- higher than during two previous spikes last year.

Turkey's 37,312 new infections reported on Monday were the highest in Europe but still down from the peak of nearly 60,000 reported earlier this month.

We must quickly reduce the number of cases to less than 5,000 a day, Erdogan said in a televised address.

He said Turkey would enter "a full closure" that requires people to stay indoors without a valid reason and sees all non-essential businesses closed.

He also added that restrictions to intercity travel will also be imposed and intercity public transport will operate at 50 percent capacity.

Schools will also stop in-person education until the lockdown ends, he said.

However, the manufacturing and food sectors will be exempt from the restrictions, Erdoğan said.

The measures appear to be designed to avoid another spike around the time of traditional family gatherings and celebrations that take place when the holy month of Ramadan ends in mid May.

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