Social security payments will be delivered to claimants’ homes in Turkey after large queues at post offices made it impossible to follow the government’s social distancing rules, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
The Turkish interior, transport and family labour and social services ministries said in a joint statement that they would send security officials to deliver 1,000 lira ($150) aid payments pledged to low-income individuals in the government’s package to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The announcement came after footage from post office branches around Turkey showed huge groups lining up in close quarters to collect their benefits. The queues led to an outcry from Turks who said the crowds would accelerate the spread of COVID-19 as the number of confirmed cases continued to rise rapidly, reaching 18,135 on Thursday.
Responding to the danger, the post office’s Istanbul head office announced it would close all branches until further notice.