Turkey announces nationwide curfew during Eid al-Fitr holidays

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From CNN’s Gul Tuysuz

Turkey will be under a nationwide four-day curfew for the Eid al-Fitr holiday between May 23-26 as a part of pandemic measures, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a speech Monday.

The celebration of Eid al-Fitr, called Eid for short, marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and is usually celebrated in large family gatherings and through communal holiday prayers at neighborhood mosques.

“I hope that after the holiday, we will not need to have such restrictions,” Erdogan said.
As a part of the normalization process, starting on May 29, some mosques that meet requirements in the country will be allowed to hold communal prayers for two out of the five daily prayers required for Muslims, according to Erdogan.

Turkey allowed shops, malls and hairdressers to reopen last week.

Turkey will continue its age-specific lockdown, prohibiting people over the age 65 and below the age of 20 from leaving their homes. The age groups will continue to be allowed out on specified days as a part of the new normalization process, Erdogan said.

The 2019-2020 education year has been concluded and schools will resume in September. Kindergartens and nurseries, however, will reopen on June 15, Erdogan said.



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  1. There have been almost 5 million cases of Covid-19 confirmed globally, with over 300,000 deaths from the virus worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    Many governments have imposed some form of lockdown to mitigate transmission of the virus. But policymakers around the world are now calculating ways to gradually lift those measures as the pandemic weighs heavily on economic activity.

    Scientists suggested in the new report that an alternative, more effective approach to indefinite or milder lockdowns could be alternating stricter measures with intervals of relaxed social distancing. Effective testing, contact tracing and isolation strategies, as well as efforts to shield society’s most vulnerable, would be consistently kept in place.


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