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Turkish Pres. announces nightly curfew to stem virus outbreak

ANKARA, Nov 30 (KUNA) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday announced a full weekend nightly curfew and other restrictions aiming to step up the combat against the second wave of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The general curfew will go into effect as of Friday 9:00 pm. until Monday 5:00 am., he told the public.
Some sectors, including production, supply, health, and agriculture, will be exempt from the curfews, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted President Erdogan as saying following a cabinet meeting at the presidential complex.
He added that some shops that provide home delivery service, such as markets and butchers, will also be excluded from the weekend restrictions.
In addition, people 20 and younger as well as those 65 and older are barred from using public transportation, he said, adding that restaurants will operate on a delivery-only basis.
He said kindergartens and similar educational institutions will be suspended, a step already announced over the weekend for Istanbul and the capital city of Ankara.
Funeral services will be performed with a maximum of 30 people, including relatives of the deceased, and weddings will also not exceed this number.
Places such as Turkish baths, saunas, massage salons, swimming pools, and amusement parks will also halt activities.
The number of people who can enter crowded streets and squares will be limited by local authorities.
Erdogan also announced that everyone will be required to present their individual electronic HES codes to show their infection status - available through a free smartphone app - when entering shopping centers.
On the efforts to acquire a Covid-19 vaccine, he said that Turkey inked an agreement with China to purchase 50 million vaccine doses.
Erdogan said in the coming months vaccinations will first be given to healthcare workers.
The vaccine will be free of charge for everyone, he affirmed. (end) rs.gb