ISTANBUL

Turkey will continue to protect its citizens from the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak with measures and economic support packages, the country’s president said Wednesday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined that the country would earmark 7 billion Turkish liras ($1.08 billion) in support for workers with minimum wage.

The country will provide 1,000 Turkish liras ($155) to 2 million low-income families and increase the minimum pension to 1,500 Turkish liras ($233), Erdogan said.

The government announced it would recruit 32,000 new health sector professionals and provide up to 6 million liras (some $930,000) to firms that locally produce disinfectants,

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