Coronavirus: Turkey may transition to normal in June says Erdogan

President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the party's group meeting at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on February 5, 2020.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes Turkey has reached a plateau in cases of the new coronavirus.

In an address to officials from his ruling party on Tuesday, Erdogan said Turkey could “transition to a normal life” in June, following a holiday that marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan — as long as measures aimed at curbing the virus’ spread are adhered to.

Erdogan described the pandemic as the “biggest crisis since the Second World War in terms of the economic impact.”

Police officers secure the area as pilgrims arrive from the airport to be quarantined in university dormitories outside Ankara on March 15, 2020. (AP)

Police officers secure the area as pilgrims arrive from the airport to be quarantined in university dormitories outside Ankara on March 15, 2020. (AP)

Turkey has reported 90,980 coronavirus cases and 2,140 deaths. The country is imposing weekend curfews and among other measures has banned people above the age of 65 and below the age of 20 from leaving homes.

Turkish authorities have closed schools, suspended international flights and banned mass prayers and gatherings to stem the spread of the virus in the country of 83 million.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02
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