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Turks mark major holiday under virus lockdown

A four-day curfew has Turkey locked down as health workers battle an outbreak that has now exceeded 100,000 cases.
Fireworks are seen over Turkish Grand National Assembly building as part of the National Sovereignty and Children's Day, 100th anniversary of foundation of Turkish parliament, on April 23, 2020 in Ankara,Turkey, during the national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL — Most Turks marked a national holiday under a full lockdown today as the country fights to contain one of the world’s fastest-spreading outbreaks of the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people.

The country’s death toll from COVID-19 reached 2,491 after 115 people died in the last 24 hours, according to a tweet from Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. Another 3,116 people were diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total cases to 101,790. The number of daily deaths in Turkey has been declining each day since Saturday.

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