* Govt. accused of wasting time before taking measures to halt transmission of deadly infection
* Outbreak raises pressure on economy burdened with weak currency and high debt levels
ANKARA: Since January, as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections seeped out of China’s borders and into the world at large, many countries were caught napping.
A few among of them chose a policy of denial until the facts could no longer be concealed. Turkey is a tragic case in point.
To be sure, in recent weeks the government has adopted sweeping measures aimed at halting the transmission of the virus.
It has shut restaurants and schools, halted prayers in mosques, suspended sporting activities, restricted intercity bus travel and stopped all international flights to or from Turkey.
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