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Turkey to lift curfews, relax virus restrictions July 1

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that restrictions on public transportation will also be lifted.
Amateur musicians play in the Istanbul metro during a performance ban due to the Covid-19 sanitary restrictions in Istanbul on June 9, 2021.

Amid the waning number of COVID-19 cases, Turkey will further ease restrictions and curfews aimed at keeping the virus in check.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting in Ankara on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that beginning July 1, the country will lift Sunday lockdowns and the evening curfew that runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Workers in both the public and private sectors will return to their normal business hours.

"Public transportation restrictions will also be lifted, and public institutions will return to normal working hours," Erdogan said.

After a 17-day lockdown in May succeeded in bringing down the infection rate, Turkey has since rolled back some of its harsher restrictions, including partially reopening restaurants.

Across Turkey, 14.5 million people have received both of their coronavirus doses and more than 28.2 million have received the first dose. On Saturday, Turkey’s Health Ministry announced that the vaccine eligibility age would be lowered to 30.

Erdogan stressed that it was “vital” for all eligible Turks to listen to scientists and get a vaccine.

"Our goal is to make everybody in our nation over age 18 eligible for vaccination within a few weeks," he said.

On Monday, the country of 82 million people recorded 5,294 new coronavirus cases, down from a daily peak of 60,000 in April. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Turkey has recorded more than 5.36 million cases and over 49,100 deaths from the virus.

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