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Turkey's death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 on Saturday to total 574, and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country's total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.
He added that 20,065 tests for the COVID-19 disease had been performed in Turkey in the last 24 hours.
The COVID-19 pandemic stands to improve familial bonds with so many people in Turkey forced to stay at home, according to a leading psychologist and thinker.
"[The lockdown] is an opportunity to discover the language of the family and familial love," Gündüz Vassaf told the Hürriyet Daily News this week.
The Minister of Defence, Nicolae Ciuca, on Sunday underscored, in his message for the NATO Day, that the North Atlantic Alliance has been playing an important role in battling the crisis generated by COVID-19.
Officials have started to distribute protective masks to people who commute on public transport and those that go to open marketplaces to shop, as Turkey introduced stricter measures in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has already infected nearly 25,000 people across the country, killing over 500.
Turkish security forces on April 5 seized nearly 41,000 sub-standard masks being produced in an unhygienic environment.
Anti-smuggling teams carried out the operation in the southern province of Adana amid a surge in demand for protective gear due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Police raided a depot that was operating without a permit in the Yüreğir district.
Turkey's Interior Ministry has issued exemptions for a curfew imposed on youth below the age of 20, saying that those who work are exceptions.
Public employees within this age range, those who certify that they work in the private sector and seasonal agricultural workers will be exempted from the curfew.
Mehmet Kubaşık was remembered here on April 4, 14 years after he was killed by a neo-Nazi terror group.
A small group left flowers at a memorial in Mallinckrodt, where he used to run a small bookstore.
Chief Consul of Essen, Şener Cebeci, said a small group participated in the event although there are measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.