Some 500 residents of Darülaceze, a public shelter for the elderly and those in need of special care in Istanbul, have been living in a continued lockdown for nine months, since the care home closed its doors to visitors to protect the elderlies early March when the COVID-19 pandemic made its way into Turkey.
“They spent the days wandering in the garden, solving crosswords in open air or playing with the cats of the institution,” said the officials.
According to the rules, no relatives have been permitted to enter Darülaceze. They were able to communicate with their families through phone calls.
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