05 August 2020

Turkey has supported 1.2M families with providing financial aid during pandemic.

Turkey has supported financially over a million families during the Covid -19 outbreak.

The government launched the Social Protection Shield program in March to provide to citizens' needs during pandemic.

Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, Turkey's family, labor, and social services minister, informed that over 2 billion liras (over $286 million) have been distributed among citizens so far, with at least 1.2 million families each having received 1,000 Turkish liras in financial support.

According to the minister, the government has extended social assistance worth 30 billion Turkish liras (almost $4.3 billion) through the program.

The campaign was launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 30 to support people suffering financially due to measures taken to curb the virus’ spread.