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Turkey: Grand Bazaar closes due to coronavirus pandemic

M/S Empty street near Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
M/S Empty street
M/S Empty street
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M/S Sign pointing towards Grand Bazaar
SOT, Mahmut Koca, Istanbul resident (Turkish): "Closing the Bazaar is a correct decision. I think it's the right and appropriate decision because it can't be good for people's health to meet and be together. I don't think it means much for stores and restaurants to be open because people don't go out anyway."
M/S Empty street
M/S Person with face mask looking at cellphone
M/S Wall inscription in Grand Bazaar
M/S Closed door in Grand Bazaar
SOT, Mutlu Kara, business owner (Turkish): "Well, this was the source of the virus, actually. It had come out before. I think it's a little late. Now it looks like it's under control again."
SOT, journalist (Turkish): "How will this situation affect your business?"
SOT, Mutlu Kara, business owner (Turkish): "It will affect it, not much but it will. Business is not the issue here, people's health is more important than anything."
W/S Street with few pedestrians walking
M/S Water running at fountain
M/S Door at Grand Bazaar
M/S Person with face mask filming
M/S Bazaar door with inscription
W/S Empty restaurants
W/S Street with tram passing by
SCRIPT
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was for an indefinite period in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus in Turkey, as seen in footage from Tuesday.
"I think it's the right and appropriate decision because it can't be good for people's health to meet and be together. I don't think it means much for stores and restaurants to be open because people don't go out anyway," said Mahmut Koca, a resident of Istanbul.
The Grand Bazaar, known locally as Kapilacarsi, was built between the 15th and the 18th century. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
Turkey has over 1,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday, while 37 have died from the disease so far.