In Turkey, schools, bars and restaurants reopen

Nine million doses in a month and a half

02 March, 12:24

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, 02 MAR - A phase of "progressive normalisation" starts Tuesday in Turkey, after months of Covid-19 restrictions.

    According to an announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country has been divided into four levels of risk distinguished by four colours, with various restrictions based on the spread of the virus.

    The classification will be reviewed every two weeks based on the epidemiological progression.

    Currently Istanbul and Izmir are classified as high risk (orange), while the capital Ankara is medium risk (yellow).

    On a national level, the zones with the highest infection rates and therefore the highest level of risk (red) are mostly on the Black Sea, while the majority Kurdish southeast is mainly low risk (blue).

    On Tuesday morning bars and restaurants reopened in all areas except those with the highest risk.

    They will remain open to the public from 7 am to 7 pm at 50% capacity, while the rest of the day they will continue with take-out and home-delivery service.

    Pools and sports centres also reopened on Tuesday with some limitations in the zones of low and medium risk.

    Meanwhile, elementary-school students and those in the final classes of middle and high school returned to classrooms across the country.

    The lockdown currently in effect at the weekend will be loosened, limited only to Sunday in the zones of very high and high risk and completely removed in the other zones.

    The curfew in place from 9 pm to 5 am will remain on a national level.

    Regarding the country's vaccination campaign, in a month and a half Turkey has administered nine million doses of the Chinese vaccine SinoVac, of which nearly two million were second doses.

    Since the start of the pandemic, the Turkish government has registered more than 2.7 million cases and 28,638 victims.


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