Turkey has imposed new weekend lockdowns in most provinces after coronavirus cases reached all-time highs nationwide. Health Ministry data showed on Friday that Turkey recorded 42,308 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.
Cases have surged since the government eased measures to curb the pandemic in early March. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced tighter measures against the coronavirus on 29th March and said a full weekend lockdown will be in place for a month, beginning from 2nd of April. Restaurants can only serve food for delivery and take-outs as part of the full weekend lockdowns, which will be in place during the fasting month of Ramadan. Turkey's biggest city Istanbul and capital Ankara are among the high-risk cities, along with several Black Sea provinces.