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Turkish health experts, workers call for social support ahead of 17-day Covid lockdown

As Turkey prepares for a 17-day lockdown to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases, health experts and workers’ unions urge more financial support for citizens most impacted by pandemic restrictions.
An employee of Dilo bar starts cleaning the rooftop terrace bar, which has been closed for 340 days due to coronavirus restrictions, in the Kadikoy district on Feb. 22, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Monday that a nationwide lockdown would begin April 29 due to the coronavirus. He urged most nonessential workers to stay home in effort to slow a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases.

The new curfews deepen previous restrictions introduced two weeks earlier and will be effective until May 17. During the curfews, intercity travel will be barred without prior approval, schools will be shuttered, most shops will be closed — apart from grocery stores operating on limited hours — and alcohol sales will be banned.

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