Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said Friday they will convert public spaces in the metropolis to field and temporary hospitals to fight the threat of coronavirus if the need arises.

Those spaces will include the Yenikapi and Maltepe rally areas, the Gurpinar seafood market and 19 indoor sports halls.

Addressing a news conference, he said the provincial government was in contact with the higher ups and coordinating efforts in 39 district municipalities.

The mayor said to ensure a smooth supply of food and hygiene items meetings were held with all retail chain managers who assured them of their full cooperation.

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