by @AliYerlikaya

#istanbul Mayor continues to ask for curfew…

As the government is unwilling to declare a country-wide curfew, mayor İmamoğlu has suggested “partial restrictions” for the city of 15 million.

Hacı Bişkin / DUVAR

Despite of the coronavirus outbreak resulting in high numbers of new cases in Turkey every day, major construction projects continue full speed ahead in Istanbul, such as a mosque on a large and valuable piece of land in the city’s Levent district, an area with numerous skyscrapers and shopping malls.


Some 11 people have been detained after throwing a party in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district and sharing videos on social media outlets.

Istanbul buries coronavirus casualties in coffins instead of shrouds, eliminates communal funeral prayers


Persons who die from coronavirus-related complications in Istanbul are buried in coffins, an official from the Istanbul Cemeteries Directorate said, an unusual practice for the majority-muslim country.

In Islam, the dead are buried with no clothes on, but wrapped in shrouds instead.

However, anyone who dies from the coronavirus in Istanbul now gets buried in a coffin.

A tender has been lodged for the removal and reconstruction of two historical bridges along the planned route of Canal İstanbul project.

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