Turkey has recorded 340 coronavirus-related deaths and 25,980 new cases in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Sunday, the third day of a nationwide lockdown, including curfews, closed schools and many businesses closed.
Turkey ranks fourth in the world in daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally, down from second briefly last month. Read more
After relaxing the measures in early March, President Tayyip Erdogan’s government turned the tide as infections hit record levels. Turkey recorded a record 394 virus-related deaths on Friday, although new cases have fallen since April 21.
Erdogan and other government officials were criticized in February and March for holding a party congress with thousands inside and for attending funerals, after which Health Minister Fahrettin Koca s ‘is excused. Read more
According to state broadcaster TRT, Erdogan attended another funeral on Sunday for the father of a mayor who died from a coronavirus infection. Video footage showed him surrounded by dozens of masked people outside an Istanbul mosque, drawing criticism on social media.
Under the rules of the 17-day lockdown, funerals must take place with fewer than 10 people who maintain social distancing.
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