Turkey makes wearing face masks mandatory in biggest cities

Turkey has made the wearing of face masks mandatory in public spaces in three more provinces on Wednesday, with people facing a possible fine if caught without one, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

People in Turkey's megacity Istanbul, the capital of Ankara, and Bursa, the country's fourth most populous province, are now required to wear non-medical face masks in public spaces as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The wearing of masks has become mandatory in 45 provinces, Anadolu said.

Turkey has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases after it eased anti-virus measures at the end of May, including an end to weekend lockdowns and domestic travel restrictions.