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Turkey mulls full lockdown to check coronavirus

Turkey's interior minister says “full isolation” is possible if current measures do not slow the outbreak and Istanbul’s mayor says the country’s biggest city needs a stay-at-home order now.

ISTANBUL — Turkey may introduce a full lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus if current measures to encourage social distancing fail to slow the outbreak that has claimed at least 59 lives, the interior minister said, while the mayor of Istanbul urged the government to declare a curfew in the country’s biggest city.

Fifteen more people died on Wednesday from COVID-19 and 2,433 have been infected in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on Wednesday. Comparative data shows Turkey’s infection rate is among the fastest in the world.

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