Turkey logged 340 coronavirus-related deaths and 25,980 new cases in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday, the third day of a nationwide lockdown, including curfews, closed schools and many shuttered businesses.
Turkey ranks fourth globally in daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally, down from second briefly last month.
After easing measures in early March, President Tayyip Erdogan’s government reversed course as infections surged to record highs. Turkey had a record 394 virus-related deaths on Friday, though new cases have dropped since April 21.
Erdogan and other government officials faced criticism in February and March for a holding party congress with thousands crowded indoors and also for attending a funeral, after which Health Minister Fahrettin Koca apologized.
According to state broadcaster TRT, Erdogan attended another funeral on Sunday for a mayor’s father who died after a coronavirus infection. Video footage showed him surrounded by dozens of people with masks outside an Istanbul mosque, prompting criticism on social media.
Under rules of the 17-day lockdown, funerals are to be held with fewer than 10 people who keep social distance.
Turkey captures top ISIS figure in IstanbulA close aide of killed ISIS terrorist group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been ... Middle East
Turkey arrests more than 200 people for holding May Day protestTurkish police detained more than 200 people who were trying to hold a May Day ... Middle East
Despite three-week COVID lockdown, many on the move in TurkeyTurkish security forces on Friday patrolled main streets and set up checkpoints at ... Coronavirus
Erdogan says Turkey to receive more COVID-19 vaccine supplies soonTurkey has enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the moment and will not have issues ... Coronavirus