Sema Kultufan Turan
Provinces in Turkey classified under low and medium risk groups will be the first ones to be allowed to start easing COVID-19-related restrictions as the country is preparing to return to normal life in March.
The country's 81 provinces will be categorized as low, medium, high and very high risk based on infection rates and the vaccination process as well as other criteria.
Vaccinations against the COVID-19 in Turkey have proved to be effective, experts have said, noting that fewer people are now applying to hospitals as a result of the inoculations.
Turkey rolled out its massive vaccination program on Jan. 14. Nearly 5.9 million people have been administered the jab since then, mostly health care workers and the elderly.
The recent spike in the number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey prompted Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to issue yet another warning to the public that the outbreak is far from over.
"The figures [from June 13] made us face the reality that the outbreak remains a serious matter," Koca said on Twitter on June 14.