Police officers patrol Istiklal Street, the main shopping street in Istanbul, minutes after the blockade. This is part of the new measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a number of restrictions, including partial lockdowns over the weekend, to help the country revive the pandemic . Restaurants and cafes are closed and can only serve takeaway food. On weekends, people cannot venture out of their homes after 8:00 p.m. The restrictions also limit the opening times of shops, markets and hairdressers. (AP Photo / Emrah Gurel)

In Turkey, a record number of people were diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second straight day on Sunday when 6,017 new symptomatic patients were documented, the Ministry of Health said.

The number of new daily cases is now at a higher level than the previous high from the April outbreak.

For the first time since June, lockdowns were introduced on weekend evenings and businesses such as restaurants and bars had to close.

According to the ministry, a total of 446,882 patients have been identified with symptoms since the country’s first case in March. Turkey does not publicly report confirmed coronavirus cases in people without COVID-19 symptoms. This policy has been criticized for obscuring the true scope of the national outbreak.

“Let’s follow the precautionary measures for our loved ones,” tweeted Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, referring to measures to wash hands, distance themselves and wear masks.

Turkey recorded 139 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s number to 12,358, the Ministry of Health reported.

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