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Turkey eases coronavirus measures, re-opens restaurants, parks

ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkey re-opens restaurants, cafes and parks on Monday and lifts inter-city travel curbs as the country eases restrictions taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s government has been gradually easing the restrictions for the past few weeks, as authorities say the outbreak is now under control.

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed more than 4,500 lives in the country, and infected more than 160,000.

Restaurants, cafes, gyms and swimming pools, beaches, parks, libraries and museums are set to resume operations from Monday.

Daycare centers and kindergartens are also reopening, but restrictions on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18 will continue.


Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Daren Butler

Image: Passengers wearing face masks stand in queue at the Istanbul Airport during the first day of resumed domestic flights which are halted since March 26 amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey June 1, 2020. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

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