Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the resignation of his interior minister, as he had decided to quit after weekend curfew to stop coronavirus spread was criticized.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter, “In a process carried out diligently and meticulously, the responsibility for all implementation of the weekend curfew to stem the pandemic falls on me in every respect,”
There are a total 56, 956 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Turkey. Out of these, over 3,445 people have recovered whereas 1,198 people have died. There are 52,312 active cases of coronavirus in the country.
However, the Turkish presidency reported that President Erdogan had rejected the resignation.
Note that Turkey had imposed a weekend lockdown on Friday. However, several people violated the lockdown and went out to buy food and drink in Istanbul and other cities.
The lockdown remained till 21:00 GMT on Sunday.
Suleyman Soylu said, “Although, in a limited period of time, the incidents that occurred ahead of the implementation of the curfew was not befitting with the perfect management of the outbreak process,”
He added that the incident had happened just after the curfew was declared on Friday night.
He said that he had been proud to work as an interior minister and would be loyal to the president.
US’s top health official says that the US “could have saved lives” if it had launched protective measures earlier to stop the spread.
Health official Dr. Anthony Fauci said to the international news agency, “If we had, right from the beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different,” However, he also said making that decision had been difficult.
He also said that several areas of the US could start becoming normal as early as May.
Dr. Fauci has also said that health officials could only suggest from a “pure health standpoint” when he was asked about the report published in the international news agency that he had recommended aggressive mitigation.