A raft of new restrictions to limit the continuing spread of Covid-19 have been announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including shutting the borders of 31 cities to vehicles – except those carrying vital supplies – for 15 days.
Face masks must be worn in crowded places. Turkish residents aged over 65 and those with serious medical conditions had already been told to stay at home, and this order is now being extended to people aged under 20. The new measures kicked in last weekend.
The country’s health minister said earlier that the death toll from the outbreak had risen by 69 people to 425, while the total number of confirmed cases is close to 21,000. Istanbul has by far the highest number of cases, at over 12,200.
The death toll in France from Covid-19 has now exceeded 10,000, with 607 patients dying in hospitals in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s director general of health.
Confirming the latest Corona-virus figures on Tuesday, Jérôme Salomon said that a total of 7,091 people have died in French hospitals since March 1, with over 80% of them being 70 years of age or older.
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