Istanbul introduces limits to gatherings as virus spreads

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Istanbul puts limits on gatherings when viruses spread
A wedding photographer's assistant, wearing a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, holds lighting equipment in hand while a couple poses for photos by the iconic Istanbul Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi) on the Bosphorus, which separates the European and Asian sides of Istanbul , set back on Friday, September 11, 2020. Turkey is going tough on people who break self-isolation rules despite testing positive for the coronavirus. A Interior Ministry circular sent to the country's 81 provinces on Friday said that people who leave their homes despite isolation orders will be quarantined and monitored in state dormitories or dormitories. (AP Photo / Yasin Akgul)

Istanbul Governor has banned boat companies from holding weddings and similar gatherings in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey's most populous city.

The governor's office also reinstated a ban on outdoor concerts and festivals. A statement from the office late Friday said the restrictions were necessary because people were neglecting precautions such as physical distancing and confirmed virus cases increased.

Coronavirus infections and deaths rose in Turkey after the government eased restrictions on public activities in June and returned to mid-May levels.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced 56 more deaths and 1,671 new cases, bringing the death toll in the pandemic to 6,951 and the number of cases to nearly 290,000.

Officials have cited engagement parties and weddings as the main source of new infections and have placed restrictions on social gatherings. Some celebrated festivals on party boats that cross Istanbul's picturesque Bosphorus Strait, which cuts the city of around 16 million people in half.

  • Istanbul puts limits on gatherings when viruses spread
    People wearing masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus will walk from Istanbul's iconic Galata Tower across the Eminonu Bridge on Friday September 11th, 2020. A Interior Ministry circular sent to the country's 81 provinces on Friday said that people caught leaving their homes despite isolation orders will be quarantined and monitored in state dormitories or dormitories. (AP Photo / Yasin Akgul)
  • Istanbul puts limits on gatherings when viruses spread
    Thrown back from Istanbul's iconic Galata Tower, people are taking photos in Istanbul on Friday September 11, 2020. Turkey is going tough on people who break self-isolation rules despite testing positive for the coronavirus. A Interior Ministry circular sent to the country's 81 provinces on Friday said that people caught leaving their homes despite isolation orders will be quarantined and monitored in state dormitories or dormitories. (AP Photo / Yasin Akgul)
  • Istanbul puts limits on gatherings when viruses spread
    A youngster will jump into the Golden Horn in Istanbul on Friday, September 11, 2020. Turkey is going tough on people who break self-isolation rules despite testing positive for the coronavirus. A Interior Ministry circular sent to the country's 81 provinces on Friday said that people who leave their homes despite isolation orders will be quarantined and monitored in state dormitories or dormitories. (AP Photo / Yasin Akgul)

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