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Coronavirus: Turkey to shut public libraries

March 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm

A health officer wearing protective suit sprays disinfectant at a Melike Hatun Mosque ahead of Friday prayer as a precaution against the coronavirus in Ankara, Turkey on 13 March 2020. [Doğukan Keskinkılıç – Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry announced Sunday that all public libraries under the ministry will be closed from March 16 to 30 as part of measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey has taken several measures to curb the pandemic such as temporarily closing schools and universities, halting events and public activities, postponing foreign visits, and barring spectators at sports events.

Turkey so far has confirmed six coronavirus cases in the country.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 141 countries and territories.

The global death toll from the virus has surpassed 5,700, with more than 152,000 cases confirmed worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

The vast majority of people recover from the illness.

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