Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says a complete lockdown will start this week to fight coronavirus infections, marking the country’s strictest measure since the pandemic began. Full lockdown will impose from Thursday evening until May 17.

President on said Monday all businesses will have to close unless otherwise stated by the interior minister. Supermarkets will remain open, except on Sundays. Permission will be needed for travelling. All schools will switch to online learning.

Erdogan said without strict restrictions and curbing infection rates, there would be a "heavy price" for tourism, trade and education. He said the aim is to lower daily infections to 5,000. Confirmed infections Sunday stood at 38,553.

Turkey has recorded more than 38,000 deaths and 4.6 million infections since the pandemic starts.
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