The 31st Ankara International Film Festival was postponed as part of measures against the novel coronavirus, which has so far claimed over 200 lives in Turkey.
According to an official statement, the 11-day event was scheduled to begin on June 4, with 1,278 movies having applied to take part in the festival.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide reached 938,373 on April 2, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The virus, also known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to 180 countries and regions around the globe, with over 47,273 deaths worldwide.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on April 1 that the coronavirus has spread to each of 81 provinces, with 60 percent cases seen in Istanbul.
The number of coronavirus infected in the country is already 379. This was announced at a briefing at the National Operations Headquarters. General Ventsislav Mutafchiiski reported that there are 25 more cases of COVID-19 infected in Bulgaria.
113 of the patients are hospitalized. The intubated are in intensive care units.
The German company Bosch has developed a rapid test to detect the new coronavirus, the result of which is ready in two and a half hours and gives 95% accuracy. The new test uses the molecular diagnostics of Vivalytic made by Bosch Health Department and used in hospitals, laboratories and medical practices. The rapid test meets the quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).