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COVID-19: Turkey Slaps Complete Lockdown on Saturday, Sunday

ANKARA: Turkey has further toughened COVID-19 measures with full weekend lockdowns and weeknight curfews as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase across the country.

“A general curfew will be applied every weeknight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced following a cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara on Nov. 30.

There will also be a weekend-long curfew, from Friday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, he added.

New restrictions will come into effect today at 9 p.m.

On Nov. 20, Turkey had announced a partial weekend curfew from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. and other restrictions nationwide to help stem the virus’ spread.

Some sectors, including production, supply, health, and agriculture, will be exempt from the curfews, Erdoğan said.