20:06 GMT20 June 2021
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    On Friday, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced that residents of 31 provinces, including Ankara and Istanbul, must stay in their dwellings from 11 to 12 April, as part of country’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Crowds of Turkish people were seen in front of shops in a number of cities across the country hours before the beginning of the 48-hour curfew announced for 31 provinces in Turkey during the weekend.

    Turkish authorities announced the measure just two hours before it went into force on Friday at midnight.

    “Maybe - just maybe - giving people two hours notice before imposing a weekend curfew in a city of 16 million was not the brightest idea,” one social media user tweeted.

    Videos on social media feature many unprepared citizens standing in long lines in front of supermarkets and bakeries, with some fighting to gain access to enough food for the two-day period.


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