Turkey marks its 100th year of parliament amid coronavirus

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish Airlines plane has flown over central Turkey on a path drawing out the Turkish flag to mark centennial celebrations for the founding of the Turkish parliament. Celebrations for Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on Thursday were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, replacing parades and school ceremonies with observances in line with social distancing efforts. The latest health ministry figures show 1,814 people with the virus have died in Turkey.  To stem the spread of COVID-19, Turkey closed schools, restaurants and other public spaces, barred people under 20 and above 65 from leaving their homes and instituted weekend lockdowns for all.