Overwhelming majority of Turkey in favour of lockdown to stem pandemic - survey

Almost 90 percent of people in Turkey believe in the need for either a nationwide or province-based lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19, according to a new survey by pollster Ipsos released on Monday.

A total of 87 percent of participants in the survey believed in the necessity of some kind of lockdown, with the majority of respondents calling for a nationwide curfew.

Only five percent of those surveyed said a lockdown was not necessary in the country.

The survey arrives amid soaring infections and deaths linked to the deadly virus in recent weeks, which has prompted the government to impose across the country earlier this month new pandemic restrictions, including the wearing of face masks in all public areas and strict regulations on weddings and other celebrations.

But the majority of participants in the survey said they would not be scrapping public transportation.

Fifty one percent of participants in the survey said they would continue regular use of public transportation regularly while 43 percent said they feel uncomfortable on public transportation.

Moreover, 60 percent of parents said they were ready to send their children to school should they open for in-class teaching as slated for September 21. Twenty percent of participants said they were unsure of whether they would send their children back to school or not.

Last week, Turkey announced it was scaling back plans to reopen schools later this month and would be starting with in-class teaching for youngest pupils only, for up to two days a week. Further reopening plans are to be determined by the Education Ministry during an evaluation period of three weeks.