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Turkey to ease coronavirus restrictions after Eid holiday

Turkey to ease coronavirus restrictions after Eid holiday

Turkish president issues video message to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
12.05.2021 - 12:50

Turkey will gradually ease lockdown restrictions after the Eid holiday as coronavirus cases and fatalities continue to ebb nationwide, the country's president said Wednesday.

"Hopefully, by bringing the pandemic under control, we will take normalization steps in a controlled manner after Eid,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a video message celebrating the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that will start on Thursday.

Erdoğan said that “good days are ahead even though we are having a bitter holiday due to the problems caused by the pandemic.”


He recalled that last Eid, Turkey was hoping to overcome coronavirus, but the new waves across the world in the following months affected the country.

He said that restrictions became a necessity with rising rates of cases and deaths, as the country is under full lockdown until the end of the Eid holiday on May 17.