In order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a four-day lockdown starting from May 23 to May 26 in the entire nation.
Erdogan took the decision after a cabinet meeting via videoconference from Istanbul and said that the curfew will be actualised in all the 81 provinces of the country.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added that apart from the four-day lockdown, the travel restrictions for 15 cities, including Istanbul, have been extended for another 15 days.
The nation-wide lockdown will also encompass the Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim feast marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. President Erdogan said that the mosques will reopen for worshipping from May 29 in line with conditions laid by local and religious authorities.
Erdogan added that educational institutions will continue to remain closed until the new academic year that would begin in September.