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Turkey drops mask rules as it heads for normality ahead of tourist season

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announces a return to normal life after two years of COVID-19 measures, but medical association warns it may be too early.
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Turkey, which has suffered roughly 95,000 deaths due to COVID-19 since March 2019, announced Wednesday it was dropping mask requirements outdoors and in “well-ventilated” indoor areas. 

The move indicates that Turkey is moving toward normalization before the critical spring-summer tourism season, though tourism managers worry that the Russian invasion of Ukraine will deliver a new blow, as both countries are on Turkey’s top-ten tourists list.

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