Turkey halted all intercity trains and limited domestic flights, as the coronavirus outbreak intensified in the country, with the number of cases jumping by a third in a day to 5,698, with 92 dead and more than 200 in critical condition.
President Erdogan called for a “voluntary quarantine” in which people stay at home except for shopping or basic needs. Announcing new measures to contain the virus, he said all international flights were stopped and that intercity travel would be subject to a governor’s approval.
Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi said domestic flights would only operate from Ankara and Istanbul to certain big cities, starting today.
Turkey’s state railways authority also said all intercity trains had been halted until further notice.
In a notice detailing the travel restrictions, the Interior Ministry said all citizens must remain in the cities they reside and would only be allowed to leave with a doctor’s note, in the event of the death of a close family member or if they have no accommodation.
Edited by Constandinos Tsindas