Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s Health Minister announced that officials are working on plans in order to prepare the way to ease the current restrictions in early June.

On April 17th Koca said that the coronavirus pandemic could peak between 7 – 10 days and that the number of cases will begin to fall in two or three weeks.

It has been stressed that these next few weeks are crucial and if the number of new cases do not fluctuate, Turkey could return to some sort of normality after Eid al-Fitr – the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Fasting begins on Friday 24th April and comes to an end on Saturday 23rd May, with the 4 day Ramadan celebrations starting the next day.

As the coronavirus outbreak is expected to peak at different times in each province, it is essential that people fully comply with the social distancing rules and curfews.

It has yet to be decided whether the curfews will be limited only to weekends and this decision will be made as soon as new data is analyzed.

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