ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is temporarily closing cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, gyms and other venues as of midnight Monday as a precaution to halt spread of coronavirus, Turkish interior ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry also said that all gatherings and activities by non-governmental organisations will be postponed.

(Reporting by Mert Ozkan; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans)