Turkey’s daily COVID-19 infections fell to 10,714, the lowest level in two and a half months.
Turkish government eased a tighter two-week lockdown on the population on Monday, as the number of cases dropped towards March levels. Day time curfews have been lifted, but the authorities will continue to impose overnight and weekend lockdowns until the beginning of June.
Total cases have reached 5.12 million and fatalities total 44,983 with 223 deaths reported on Monday, Health Ministry data showed.
The number of daily infections surged to a record of more than 63,000 in mid-April and Turkey introduced tighter restrictions on April 29 in a so-called “full closure”. The measures included the shuttering of non-essential businesses, aside from manufacturing companies, a ban on intercity travel, barring the sale of alcohol and closing down schools.
Citizens will not be allowed to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays, and over the entire weekend until June 1, aside from to meet basic shopping needs, according to an Interior Ministry directive published on Sunday.