On April 10, Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soilu announced the introduction of curfews in 31 provinces, which led to crowds in supermarkets. The Interior Minister resigned, but President Recep Erdogan said Soilu should continue to work.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan rejected the resignation of Interior Minister Suleiman Soilu, which he filed against the backdrop of the curfew announcement.
According to a communication from the presidential administration’s communications department on April 13, Erdogan does not consider the minister’s request appropriate, Soilu should continue to work.
The department emphasizes that the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has established himself well in the fight against terrorism and in responding to the consequences of natural disasters. During the outbreak of the coronavirus for a month there were no problems in the field of public safety, the report says.
Soilu announced curfew in 31 provinces from midnight on April 11 for two days due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 diseases. After that, residents rushed to the shops en masse, which led to crowds and violation of social distance.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
By given American Johns Hopkins University on April 13, the total number of infected in the world exceeded 1.85 million, of which 434.7 thousand were cured, and more than 114 thousand died. The number of confirmed cases of infection in Turkey is almost 57 thousand.