Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that the curfew will begin on the night of December 31 and will run until the morning of January 4.
This month, the government reimposed quarantines for nights and weekends amid a spike in infections and deaths from the pandemic. Until now, he had avoided decreeing a total lockdown in order to protect the economy.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdoğan also announced financial assistance for business and reductions in value-added tax. According to figures from the Ministry of Health, a record of 229 deaths from coronavirus was registered on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths to 16,646. The average daily infections exceed 30,000, making Turkey one of the most affected countries in the world.
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The opposition and journalists reprimanding the government preference for patient-based reporting for 100 days claim that the real death toll must be three to four-fold higher than the declared stats by the government.