Turkey reported more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, its highest daily balance since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago.
Turkey, which reported 54,740 new cases and 276 deaths, is immersed in the third wave of the outbreak that has so far killed 32,943 people in this country of 83 million, according to official figures.
The increase in infections forced the government to tighten the restrictions that it had relaxed in early March.
Much of Turkey has been declared a high-risk area for infections, including the capital Ankara and Istanbul.
The government announced the return of night curfews during the weekend in high-risk cities, with other measures added during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
During this fasting period for Muslims, which this year will take place from mid-April to mid-May, a lockdown will be decreed for the weekends.
Restaurants may only serve take away food.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed confidence that these measures will help reduce the number of cases ahead of the start of the tourist season in May.
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