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Turkey to extend coronavirus wage support for 1 more month: Erdoğan

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Turkey will extend a wage support system for one month to continue offsetting fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and related lockdowns, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday, Reuters reported.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting Erdoğan said cash aid to low-income families would also be extended for a month. He said 18 billion lira ($2.6 billion) had been disbursed so far under the two programs.

The so-called short labor pay — which partially covers wages of formally employed workers whose hours are cut — will extend into July. It came into effect in March shortly after the first COVID-19 case was identified in Turkey.

Some officials in tourism and other sectors had said the system should be extended by another three months.

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