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Erdogan cancels Turkey’s weekend lockdown after public backlash but warns of rise in coronavirus cases

Erdogan cancels Turkey’s weekend lockdown after public backlash but warns of rise in coronavirus cases

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on Thursday, following a public backlash.

The Interior Ministry said earlier that the stay-at-home order in 15 cities could help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, continuing the policy of weekend lockdowns.

Erdogan explained in a series of tweets on Friday that the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new Covid-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000.

“However, the reactions we received from our people pushed us to re-evaluate the decision,” the president said, adding that the lockdown is now revoked. He also urged citizens to follow social distancing and hygiene measures.