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.