Calls are mounting in Turkey for a lockdown as the coronavirus infection spreads, especially in the country’s largest city, Istanbul. But the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused, insisting that the wheels of the economy must keep turning. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Turkey’s main city - Istanbul – is at the center of the country’s efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Almost 40 people have died in Turkey and the virus has infected more than 1,500 people. Authorities are now ramping up restrictions, closing schools, shuttering entertainment venues and even halting prayers at mosques. As Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, the city is learning to adapt to a new way of life.
Last-minute conference due to COVID-19 outbreak replaced Istanbul summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson