Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe.
Speaking after attending a cabinet meeting via a video conference from Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan said the government would gradually ease the restrictions during May, June, and July, Xinhua news agency reported.
Turkish authorities imposed a lockdown in the country's biggest city of Istanbul with a population of 16 million, in line with the government's measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said the government would continue to impose curfews on 31 provinces on weekends until the end of May.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Tuesday disqualified Turkish athlete Gulcan Mingir from the London Olympic Games which were held in 2012.
The Turkish health minister confirmed 2,357 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 110,130.
Turkey has started testing plasma therapy as a possible treatment for the coronavirus disease, Turkish Red Crescent Society President Kerem Kinik said on Tuesday.
Turkey's total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed to 27,069, with 3,135 new patients reported in last 24 hours, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Turkey on Sunday reported 73 new deaths from the coronavirus and a surge of 3,135 in the number of confirmed cases bringing up the national tally to 27,069 from the pandemic.
COVID-19 continues to spread through Turkey as a further 3,013 new cases of the disease and 76 more deaths have been reported on Saturday, the country's Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced.
Turkey on Friday confirmed 76 new deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 501.
Turkish authorities and institutions continue taking steps in coordination to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.