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Desperate doctors call for lockdown in Istanbul

Turkish medical associations as well as the mayor are appealing to the Turkish government to close down Istanbul as daily deaths reach April levels.
A man sitting on a public bench smokes a cigarette while using his  mobile phone in Ankara on November 13, 2020, after Turkey banned smoking in outdoor public areas as part of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Turkey on November 11, 2020, announced a ban on smoking across the country in a number of outdoor spaces including crowded streets, public squares and transport stops, in a bid to limit rising Covid-19 infections. The ban was issued o

Turkey’s overloaded medical sector appealed to the government for a total lockdown of the country for a minimum of two weeks up to a month to control the spike in COVID-19 cases all across the country, particularly in its biggest and most affected city. 

Meanwhile, Istanbul's hospitals have crumbled under mounting cases and demands for tests, with long queues and angry patients, as the number of deaths reached levels last seen in April, the height of the pandemic.

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