Turkey announces inspections, measures to curb COVID-19 rise

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced new measures on Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 as daily confirmed cases peaked back above 1,000.

In a circular, the Interior Ministry said its units would conduct “one-on-one monitoring” for people who have been required to self-quarantine, especially in the first seven days of isolation.

The ministry warned it would not accept any violations of the obligation to wear masks and maintain social distancing at gatherings such as weddings or circumcision ceremonies, on pain of fines and temporary closures. It said gatherings after funerals would be restricted.

To encourage precautions, businesses and transport services that meet safety requirements would be awarded a “safe space” logo after three inspections.