Turkey reinstates restrictions after sharp virus cases rise

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) – Turkey is reinstating weekend lockdowns in most of Turkey’s provinces and will also impose restrictions over the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan following a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Virus infections in Turkey have soared less than a month after the country divided its 81 provinces into four colour-coded categories and relaxed restrictions in some provinces under a “controlled normalisation” effort. The number of confirmed daily infections have since almost tripled to around 30,000, matching the record numbers that were reported in December. The country is also reporting around 150 deaths per day, up from around 65 at the start of the month.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin