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Turkey: Istanbul's iconic landmarks desolate amid new coronavirus restrictions02:30

Turkey: Istanbul's iconic landmarks desolate amid new coronavirus restrictions

Turkey, Istanbul
April 5, 2020 at 04:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

Streets were deserted in Istanbul on Saturday, as new mandatory confinement came into effect at midnight on Friday.

Footage shows the street of the normally-buzzing Turkish city deserted with virtually no people outside on Saturday afternoon as calls to prayers rang across the empty city.

Istanbul's shopping district Taksim Square, Galata and Bosphorus Bridges and the iconic Suleymaniye Mosque square were empty as new COVID-19 restrictions were enforced.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a partial curfew for Turkish citizens under the age of 20 as 31 cities were put on lockdown for two weeks, as by declared Erdogan a televised address in Istanbul on Friday.

Turkey's number of confirmed cases from the disease rose to 23,934

while the number of people dying from the outbreak rose to over 500 as on Saturday.

Turkey: Istanbul's iconic landmarks desolate amid new coronavirus restrictions02:30
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Streets were deserted in Istanbul on Saturday, as new mandatory confinement came into effect at midnight on Friday.

Footage shows the street of the normally-buzzing Turkish city deserted with virtually no people outside on Saturday afternoon as calls to prayers rang across the empty city.

Istanbul's shopping district Taksim Square, Galata and Bosphorus Bridges and the iconic Suleymaniye Mosque square were empty as new COVID-19 restrictions were enforced.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a partial curfew for Turkish citizens under the age of 20 as 31 cities were put on lockdown for two weeks, as by declared Erdogan a televised address in Istanbul on Friday.

Turkey's number of confirmed cases from the disease rose to 23,934

while the number of people dying from the outbreak rose to over 500 as on Saturday.

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