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Turkey's virus-related curfew ends

Turkey's COVID-19 cases have dropped considerably, and the percentage of people who have received a vaccine dose more than doubled in June.
Tourists have a meal at a restaurant at Sultanahmet in Istanbul on May 9, 2021, during a new lockdown aimed at fighting a surging third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Several virus-related restrictions were lifted in Turkey today.

The nightly curfew Monday through Saturday, as well as the full-day curfew on Sunday, ended Thursday morning. Intercity travel also resumed, and cafes and restaurants can serve customers without capacity restrictions again. Movie theaters and workplaces that were ordered to close also can now reopen, Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported, citing the Interior Ministry.

Turkey entered into a full lockdown in April following historically high daily numbers of COVID-19 cases. Infections dropped after this, and the government eased some restrictions in early June.

Social distancing, mask-wearing and hygiene stipulations will remain in place at some indoor settings, including at hotels and concerts, according to Anadolu.

Turkey’s coronavirus infections have plummeted from more than 60,000 a day in April to a little more than 5,000 a day at present, according to the statistics website Worldometer. Turkey’s vaccination campaign also greatly accelerated in June. On June 1, less than 20% of the Turkish population had received a vaccine dose. By June 30, the figure was over 41%, according to the Oxford University-based Our World in Data.

The Turkish economy has suffered amid the pandemic, with Turkey’s currency, the lira, hitting record lows. Things might turn around with the improved virus situation. Last month, Russian tourism flights returned to Turkey, which could provide a needed boost to the tourism industry.

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