Watch: Hundreds of sheep overrun street during coronavirus lockdown in Turkey

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Hundreds of sheep took advantage of the coronavirus lockdown in the Turkish city of Samsun on Sunday to stroll and graze through the deserted streets.

Video posted online showed a huge flock following a shepherd through empty city streets, some briefly stopping to graze on grass on pavements.

Turkey will relax confinement rules on people aged 65 and over, and those under 20, as the country moves to a “new normal,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

Since March 21, around 7.5 million senior citizens have been under lockdown, forbidden from going outside in a measure taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in Turkey has risen by 65 in the last 24 hours to 3,461, Health Ministry data showed on Monday, as a slowdown in deaths and confirmed cases continued.

The overall number of cases rose by 1,614 to 127,659, the data showed, the highest total outside Western Europe, the United States and Russia. A total of 68,166 people have so far recovered from the new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.

The number of tests conducted in Turkey in the past 24 hours stood at 35,771, raising the total number of tests during the outbreak to more than 1.170 million.

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