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Turkey eases COVID-19 measures as new cases plummet

With recorded daily COVID-19 cases falling below 7,000, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan further eased social distancing measures across the nation June 1.
Tourists have a meal at a restaurant at Sultanahmet in Istanbul at Sultanahmet in Istanbul on May 9, 2021, during a new lockdown aimed at fighting a surging third wave of COVID-19 infections.

ISTANBUL ­— New daily coronavirus cases fell below 7,000 this week for the first time since February, prompting officials to further ease social distancing measures June 1. The news comes after a strict nationwide lockdown last month led to a significant drop in new COVID-19 infections, which fell from more than 60,000 in April, according to Health Ministry data.

Late on May 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the lighter measures, including a partial lifting of weekend curfews and the reopening of food venues to a limited number of customers. For the first time in months, most Turkish citizens will now be able to go outdoors on Saturdays while nightly weekday curfews have been pushed to 10 p.m., up from 9 p.m. previously.

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