The almost empty shopping district on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul can be seen during a curfew on March 21. Elif Ozturk / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Turkey reported 40,806 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, which is another record high in daily cases since the pandemic began, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health released on Thursday.
It was the highest increase in new cases in a day in Turkey since the pandemic began in December 2020, when more than 33,000 new infections were recorded in a single day.
The increase comes as the country faces new restrictions.
On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again imposed curfews over the weekend and announced plans for further restrictions, such as a ban on indoor eating during the holy month of Muslims in Ramadan, which is due to begin on April 13.
Erdogan said the weekend lockdowns would take place in cities with the highest number of Covid-19 cases and that evening lockdowns would persist nationwide from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The weekend lockdowns will affect 58 out of 81 cities, which comprise 80% of the country’s population, he said.
Restaurants and cafes are only open for delivery and take-away throughout Ramadan.
No mass gatherings for breaking the Iftar fast or the early morning quick meal Sahur are allowed across the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, Turkey has recorded a total of 3,357,988 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported 176 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 31,713.