Later on Thursday, Turkey is entering its first full lockdown. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the country will undergo strict measures from local time 7 PM on Thursday and it will be ended on May 17.
- It is hoped the measures will save Turkey’s summer tourism and stop the coronavirus spread.
- For the preparation for this lockdown, Turkey’s streets are crowded as well as the shopping centers and the traffic-heavy.
- Amid the ban on alcohol, locals are trying to stockpile alcohol. Their WhatsApp groups are now dominated by messages about how life will be in the coming days.
- Last year, in this time Turkey was seen as a success story for its early combative action as was even praised by the World Health Organization.
Now after a year, it is among the countries worst affected by COVID with the highest infection rate in Europe.