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Malls reopen, antivirus measures eased as Turkish economy teeters

Shopping malls, barber shops and some stores reopened across Turkey Monday as the government rolled backed coronavirus precautions with aims to bolster the battered economy.
An employee trims beard of a client as the other one gives him manicure, on the first day of the reopening of a hair salon which was closed since March 21 amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RC2BMG9ZPB5E

ISTANBUL — Wearing face masks and standing meters apart, Istanbul residents lined up outside reopened shopping malls Monday as urban areas across Turkey began to ease coronavirus measures in a cautious effort to resume normalcy as new infections continue to decline in the country.

For the first time in nearly two months, shopping malls, barbershops, hair dressers and some stores reopened in Turkey today as citizens sought to get back to work and lawmakers looked to bolster an economy battered by the global pandemic.

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