As a lockdown continues in Turkey’s northern province of Zonguldak as part of the country’s measures against the novel coronavirus, tens of thousands of people are isolating themselves from daily life, including hard-working miners.

The self-isolation is taken seriously in the Black Sea province, known for its rich coal reserves, as miners and their families are aware that COVID-19 poses more risk to those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, an occupational hazard of mining.

“I have been working as a miner for about 14 years, and this novel coronavirus is a source of anxiety among people here. But I feel

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