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Turkey: Virus task force recommends stricter measures

Significant rise in cases, especially in Istanbul, says health minister

Yesim Sert Karaaslan   | 16.11.2020
Turkey: Virus task force recommends stricter measures

ANKARA

Turkey’s coronavirus task force has recommended stricter measures amid a significant rise in virus cases, the country's health minister said on Monday.

“It was recommended to implement concrete measures to prevent the spread of the disease,” Fahrettin Koca said in a statement after a meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.

He did not say what kind of recommendations were made, but earlier this month Turkey tightened restrictions with several public places now closing at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). Wearing masks is compulsory in all public places, both indoors and outdoors.

“In recent months, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of cases and deaths, a trend reflected globally,” Koca added.

He also noted rising coronavirus cases in Istanbul.

Turkey on Monday reported 3,316 new patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and 94 fatalities, as well as 2,712 recoveries, according to the Health Ministry data.

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