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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – May 5, 2020

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide and Turkey and other developments

Davut Demircan   | 05.05.2020
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – May 5, 2020

ANKARA 

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   

Turkey's successful struggle with coronavirus 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey will gradually take new steps to start post-coronavirus normalization. 

In a televised address, Erdogan said travel restrictions will first be lifted from seven cities. 

The country will also reopen hair salons and shopping malls on May 11, while people over the age of 65 will be allowed to go outside for four hours a day on May 10. 

Erdogan stressed that since the virus emerged, nearly 65,000 citizens have been brought back to Turkey from abroad. 

Turkey’s success in dealing with the coronavirus shows itself every day with the numbers. 

A total of 86,166 people have recovered so far from the novel coronavirus in Turkey, including 5,015 people registered on Monday, said the country's health minister. 

Fahrettin Koca announced that the death toll from the pandemic had climbed to 3,461 as Turkey recorded 64 more fatalities in the past 24 hours.  

Coronavirus continues to hurt the world 

Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 187 countries and regions, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US, more than 3.5 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 251,000 and more than 1.1 million recoveries. 

Deaths related to the novel coronavirus in New York continued to fall since peaking at nearly 800 in early April.  

One of the worst hit countries, Italy, reported 195 new fatalities from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 29,079, as the so-called Phase 2 of the emergency started. 

France meanwhile reported 308 fatalities and the total number of deaths in hospital to date is 25,548. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that more than $8 billion has been pledged to fight the deadly coronavirus worldwide. 

Turkey’s efforts to help world continue  

Turkey's state-run aid agency TIKA distributed food packages to 1,000 families in Georgia and helped 400 disabled people in the TRNC

 Co-Chairs of the Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans sent a thank you letter Monday to Turkey's envoy over Ankara's medical aid to help the US fight the global coronavirus pandemic.  

Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas agreed late Monday to extend the country’s state of emergency a third time amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.   

Libya 

Conflicts continue in Libya despite the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Libyan military conducted strikes on seven oil tankers belonging to militias loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar.  

The military also targeted two vehicles belonging to militias south of the capital Tripoli 

Residents of the southern Libyan town of Awbari on Monday asked a government security force to wrest control of the surrounding area from forces of renegade general Khalifa Haftar.  

Turkey’s fight against terror 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will no longer tolerate terrorist harassment in the Idlib safe zone in northwestern Syria or ramped-up attacks which flout agreements. 

“Terrorist groups are trying to exploit Turkey's preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to step up attacks both within Turkey’s borders and beyond,” said Erdogan.

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