Disinfection Work Carried Out in Turkey’s Istanbul
CORONAVIRUS: Following a two-day curfew the Turkish government introduced in 31 cities, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality took the opportunity to do an extensive disinfection operation at the busiest parts of the city, Sunday, April 12. Workers cleaned and disinfected surfaces and iconic landmarks like the bull statue in Kadikoy Square and Republic Monument in Taksim. Turkey introduced a weekend lockdown that took many by surprise, the country having previously adopted a more relaxed coronavirus regimen than its neighbors in Europe and the Middle East. The sudden announcement of a 48-hour curfew in 31 cities on Friday evening led to crowds rushing to grocery stores to buy provisions. Many ignored social distancing rules and were not wearing mandatory masks. Prior to the declaration, a curfew had been imposed on those aged under 20 and over 65. Authorities have closed schools, cafes, nightclubs and barber shops, and canceled sports events and prayers at mosques. The government has banned anyone 65 or older — the most vulnerable to the disease — from leaving home and later extended the ban to people under 20, after many youths, falsely believing they were safe from the virus, continued to socialize.