Turkey to continue weekend COVID-19 curfews: President Erdoğan

Turkey to continue weekend COVID-19 curfews: President Erdoğan

Turkey will continue with its weekend curfews to stem the spread of the coronavirus, President Erdoğan announced, with the next curfew to be imposed on April 18-19.

"As part of the fight against the epidemic, we decided to continue the curfew on weekends as needed in the coming period," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said following a three-hour virtual Cabinet meeting.

"Turkey will complete [construction of] a new hospital for COVID-19 patients in Istanbul's Basaksehir by May 15," he added. 

He also announced the establishment of two new hospitals with total of 350 beds in Istanbul for coronavirus patients.

"Turkey continues its fight against coronavirus pandemic with determination," he said.

Erdoğan stressed that Turkey makes significant progress in bringing coronavirus outbreak under control, adding that the country is facing no difficulties in supplying its people with personal health and cleaning materials.

"With measures taken, Turkey tops the countries which brought the outbreak under control in the fastest way," he said.

President Erdoğan also ruled out any borrowing arrangement with IMF during the pandemic.