Turkey will lift at midnight an ongoing weekend curfew imposed in 31 provinces to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

Residents of these provinces complied with the curfew restrictions, the ministry said in a statement.

“Judicial and administrative proceedings were opened on 20,398 people who violated the curfew rule,” it added.

The ministry reiterated that the most important factor in combating the epidemic was social distancing and isolation.

“We ask our citizens not to leave their homes unless it is compulsory.”

This weekend, Turkey imposed its second weekly stay-home order after the

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