Turkey to lift COVID-19 curfews, travel restrictions, Erdoğan says

Turkey will end curfews on the population imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 and lift travel restrictions after cases of the virus fell, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.

The measures will expire on July 1, Erdoğan said in televised comments after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Turkey is administering more than 1 million vaccines per day to halt the spread of the illness after initial supply delays. A spike in cases to record levels in April forced a nationwide lockdown and threatened the country’s tourism industry, which provides essential foreign currency revenue for the economy.

Turkey will also reintroduce normal working conditions in public institutions, Erdoğan said.

Turkey reported 5,294 new coronavirus cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths on Monday, according to Health Ministry data.

Erdoğan said it was vital for everyone to get jabs when their turn comes. People should listen to scientists and doctors and pay no heed to “manipulations”, he said.

"We aim to make everybody in our nation over age 18 eligible for vaccination within a few weeks," Erdoğan said. He also urged everyone to stick to social distancing rules and wear masks.