Turkey: Virtual graveyard tours offered to families in Antalya amidst COVID restrictions

With limitations on visiting cemeteries due to the coronavirus restrictions in Antalya, a grave care company has been offering virtual cemetery tours and care services to families who cannot visit the resting place of their loved ones. The owner of the company, Mehmet Cetin, was seen taking care of one of the tombs on Wednesday. «Due to the corona[virus], people don't want to go out. Some of my... Еще clients are elderly people who have restrictions on going out,» said Cetin who started his work 12 years ago. Cetin added that «our work is unique as it requires time. Some of our clients are from other cities even countries, but some others are from this area.» The services of the company have a high demand due to «Ramadan, mothers' day and the holy night (Kandil),» according to the company's owner, who has employed more staff to meet the high demand. Cetin has previously installed QR codes on graves at the cemetery that link to information about and prayers for, videos of the deceased. One of the company's clients named Hasret Ergen, said that due to her inability to go far outside, she «started researching and found Mehmet and his team.» Hasret described the services she has been receiving as «professional» and as being offered at «a good price.» As of Wednesday, Turkey has reported nearly 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 3,500 related deaths, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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