Turkey aims to gradually ease the restrictions against the spread of Covid from March to reach a complete removal during the summer. This was announced by various Turkish media citing the opinion of government officials according to which starting from next month it will no longer be mandatory to wear the mask outdoors or observe a particular social distancing. The obligation to use the mask will remain for public transport, trains, airplanes, shopping centers, cinemas and theaters. The goal is to have complete removal in the summer.
In recent months, Turkey has seen a sharp increase in cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant. On 9 February the record was reached since the beginning of the pandemic with over 111 thousand coronavirus positive in 24 hours while in the following weeks the daily cases dropped between 80 and 90 thousand. According to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, infections should begin to decrease significantly in the coming weeks.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), since the first case of Covid was registered in March 2020, more than 13 and a half million cases have been registered in Turkey and almost 93 thousand people have lost their lives due to the disease in a population of approximately 84 million people. The Turkish health ministry said yesterday that almost 85% of the population at least 18 years old has currently received two doses of the vaccine.
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