Turkey: Hundreds attend mass Friday prayers at Istanbul stadium

Hundreds of worshippers attended Istanbul's Bagcilar Mahmutbey Stadium on Friday, as restrictions for mass prayers due to coronavirus were lifted. Worshippers were seen praying while respecting physical distancing regulations on the stadium’s pitch. According to reports, Turkish mosques were shut down on March 19 as part of the measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, with the country gradually lifting restrictions for the past two weeks allowing believers to return to their places of worship. As of Friday, Turkey has recorded over 174,000 coronavirus cases and 4,763 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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