ISTANBUL Flights and car travel resumed between Turkey's big cities on Monday and cafes, restaurants and Istanbul's Grand Bazaar reopened in the country's biggest step to ease restrictions taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
ISTANBUL Turkey will lift restrictions on intercity travel and allow restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities to reopen from June 1 as it eases restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
ISTANBUL, May 28 Turkey will lift restrictions
on intercity travel and allow restaurants, cafes, parks and
sports facilities to reopen from June 1 as it eases restrictions
imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak, President Tayyip
Erdogan said on Thursday.
ISTANBUL At a luxury hotel in Istanbul, staff in gloves and masks space out and disinfect tables as they prepare for a scheme which Turkey hopes will rescue part of its $35 billion tourism industry from the ravages of coronavirus.
ISTANBUL Turkey blocked BNP Paribas, Citibank and UBS from making lira transactions after the currency hit a record low against the dollar on Thursday, as investors fretted about a lack of reserves to protect the economy from the coronavirus impact.
* Exports slide 42% and imports 32% in April
(Updates with lira decline)
ISTANBUL, April 22 Turkey's central bank cut
interest rates to 8.75% on Wednesday, risking further lira
weakness, in a bigger-than-expected move aimed at limiting the
economic damage of the coronavirus crisis.
ISTANBUL Istanbul, Ankara and other major Turkish cities locked down for two days from midnight on Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus under an Interior Ministry order, as the country's death toll from the pandemic rose above 1,000.
ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan has evoked Turkey's war of independence in calls for unity against the coronavirus, but opposition parties say their exclusion from fund-raising efforts and the detention of government critics is instead fuelling division.
ISTANBUL Europe's largest city, Istanbul, is running out of time to impose a lockdown and stop a surge in coronavirus cases as around two million people are still going out into the streets every day, its mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Thursday.