Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a four-day lockdown would be imposed nationwide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during the Eid Al Fitr religious holiday as the country surpassed 150,000 confirmed cases.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Mr Erdogan said the lockdown would begin on May 23. Schools would not re-open this academic year and education is to continue in person in September with the new academic year.
He also said mosques would begin allowing mass prayers for mid-day and afternoon prayers as of May 29. The house arrest period for prisoners who were released as part of coronavirus measures had been extended for two months.
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Turkey rose to 150,593 on Monday, with 1,158 people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.
With the ninth highest number of cases globally, Turkey has started taking steps to ease measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The number of daily cases has declined from a peak in April.
A total of 4,171 people have died from the respiratory disease, data showed, while 111,577 have recovered. Turkey has conducted more than 1.6 million tests since the outbreak began.