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Turkish health officials watch for COVID-19 cases to rise after holiday

Turkish health officials are calling for increased precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 as citizens conclude festivities for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 06: A teacher inspects a newly made surgical face mask amid the COVID-19 outbreak at a Vocational and Technical Anatolian School on April 06, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Turkey's Ministry of National Education Istanbul Province Directorate, has launched a school program, turning some schools into makeshift factories to produce medical equipment. The program that is run and operated by  the schools teachers themselves, has produced 2,700,000 surgic

ISTANBUL — Over the weekend, many Turkish citizens visited family members and popular tourism destinations amid festivities for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Kurban Bayrami. Health officials are now closely monitoring COVID-19 cases, which they expect to rise after the nationwide holiday travel and are calling for the enforcement of new precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“You don’t need to be an oracle to know this,” Dr. Sinan Adiyaman, president of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), told Al-Monitor.

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