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Istanbul’s elderly ‘still using public transport despite warnings’

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has warned that the city’s elderly were still widely using the city’s public transport despite warnings to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak.

He noted that the number of elderly people — aged above 60 — who use the megacity’s metro and inner-city bus networks, indeed declined by 54 percent over the past two weeks.

“We have seen a drop, but it is not enough. Those people are still extensively using public transport. I plea them not to. Please keep away from public transport,” İmamoğlu said.

The city’s 60-year-old residents enjoy discounted fares in public transport, which is free for people above the age of 65.

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