Turkey quarantines largest cities to slow #coronavirus outbreak. #Anadolu
Saturday, 04 April, 2020, 10:35
Turkey imposed stricter measures to slow the spread of the country’s coronavirus outbreak by placing 31 cities under quarantine and banning people under the age of 20 from leaving their homes nationwide.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the measures -- which prohibits entries into and exit from Turkey’s largest cities, including the commercial hub Istanbul for 15 days -- in a televised address on Friday after the death toll from the disease rose 19% to 425 and the number of confirmed cases rose 15% to 20,921.Turks over the age of 65 have been told not to venture out since March 22 as authorities seek to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. A board of top scientists urged the government to broaden those restrictions to younger people, whose mobility has emerged as a key weakness in the strategy against the virus, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
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