On May 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would gradually relax restrictions on pandemic prevention after the Eid al-Fitr holiday as the number of new confirmed cases and new deaths across the country gradually decreased. He said a “controlled normalization process” would be implemented after Eid al-Fitr.
Turkey imposed a “total blockade” throughout the country from 1900 hours on 29 April. During this period, people are not allowed to go out unless necessary, inter-provincial travel is subject to approval, all units are closed except for 1000 units that maintain the necessary production, face-to-face classes are suspended at all grades of schools, and takeaway services are maintained in the catering industry. The “total blockade” will continue until 5 a.m. on 17 May, the end of the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Turkey.
Since Turkey imposed a “total blockade” on 29 April, the number of new cases in the country has fallen from more than 30,000 to less than 15,000 in a single day.