Turkey reports the first case of new Coronavirus

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed the country’s first case of COVID-19 in the opening minutes of Wednesday. “The first Coronavirus patient of Turkey got it from Europe, his condition is OK, he and his family are under quarantine,” said Minister Koca. He didn’t share the name or the location of the patient.

The live press conference of the minister announced around midnight, it started 22 minutes late and continued for nearly ten minutes.

Turkey was one of the few countries that hadn’t reported any Coronavirus cases. Except for Syria, Turkey’s neighbors have reported multiple coronavirus cases in the past month. Globally, more than 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus, and over 113,000 cases have been confirmed, according to the latest report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday. About 64,000 people have recovered around the world.

“It is highly likely this outbreak is currently in Turkey. There are no confirmed cases of this virus,” has said Minister Koca in one of his latest press briefs, which happened a couple of hours before the latest one. He reported that they had run more than 2,000 tests on suspected cases so far, and none tested positive for the virus.

During the time between two press conferences of Koca, the Ministry of Health canceled all annual leaves for the medical personnel works on borders until further notice. Minister of Education Ziya Selçuk, announced via his Twitter that he is in very close contact with the Ministry of Health about the possibility of shutting down the schools. Shutting down the schools can affect almost 20 million students and their families.

No new update about the schools came after the confirmation of the first case.

COVID-19 originated in China but has reached over 100 countries, with the WHO saying on Monday that the “threat of a pandemic has become very rea.”. As part of efforts to contain the outbreak, some governments closed borders and suspended land and air travel with the worst-hit countries.

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order to get more information about COVID-19, and possible precautions you can check the website of WHO!

PS: Be careful about the masks! You do not need face masks to prevent coronavirus, they are just useful for educated specialists!



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Gonca Tokyol

Gonca Tokyol


Freelance journalist, former senior editor and reporter at T24. Covered a wide range of issues - from terrorist attacks to protests, elections, refugee crisis.