#istanbul is now a ghost city- to a large extent #covid19

Disinfection of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district

Disinfection of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district. On Friday, Turkey recorded five more deaths due to the coronavirus, bringing the overall total to
A member of the Fatih Municipality wakes up a homeless as he disinfects the Sultanahmet square in Istanbul to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A picture by photographer @Kilicbi

Filiz Gazi – Hacı Bişkin / DUVAR

As the number of coronavirus cases in Turkey continues to rise daily, the precautions have also increased. It is nearly impossible to see people on some of Istanbul’s most crowded streets. Every time someone coughs or sneezes they are looked upon with anger, and shops are closing their doors one by one.

People at shopping malls, in bookstores, in shops of Beyoğlu… It is far less crowded than usual. There are few people on the streets, most of them with masks. Trying to keep my social distance, I ask, “How has coronavirus affected your lives?”

Turkish taxi drivers protest decrease in passengers due to coronavirus


Taxi drivers in Istanbul’s Esenyurt and Beylikdüzü districts staged a protest, saying that they have difficulties in paying rents to the license owners.


Istanbul Municipality has prepared informative videos on coronavirus (COVID-19) in five different languages as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Suspending 24/7 services, the municipality has prepared infographics and animated movies on the coronavirus pandemic in five languages.

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