Infections dwindling in Turkey, reopening after Ramadan
The effects of the long generalized lockdown imposed since the start of the pandemic, which began in late April and are expected to last this week, are beginning to be felt in Turkey, when the holidays are linked to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Will end. The cases reported by Ankara in the last 24 hours are just under 15,000, down from around 40,000 at the start of the confinement. A significant decrease has been recorded in Istanbul, where new infections fell by 34% over the past week, but the situation is still above the danger threshold, with 359 cases per 100 thousand residents.
As predicted by experts, after reaching a negative peak of 373 on May 1, the decline in deaths has been slow, reaching 278 on the final day. The total cases have crossed 5 million, while the victims are 43,589. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is preparing for a gradual easing of restrictions from next week in view of a broad revival of tourism from June. Amid the expected reopening, the resumption of some lessons in retail and local stores and attendance, while celebrations and major events will need to wait a bit longer. Also contributing is the vaccination campaign, which has exceeded 25 million doses, of which more than a half million Turks have also received boosters.
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