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4 deputies of Turkish parliament test positive in coronavirus

A deputy from Erdoğan’s AKP party confirmed this Wednesday his contagion by the virus. There are already 4 deputies in Turkey who have been infected in less than a week.

A deputy from the AKP (Justice and Development Party) of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus test, which means that there are already four cases detected of Turkish parliamentarians being infected by the COVID-19 virus.

“Due to the positive result of the last coronavirus test we routinely perform, the necessary medical procedures have started today,” Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, deputy for the Anatolian province of Çankırı and chairman of the AKP parliamentary group, wrote on his Twitter account. “Thank God, my overall health is good,” added Akbaşoğlu, who asked his loved ones to pray for him.

His announcement comes just days after three other MPs from the Turkish National Assembly (parliament), all belonging to the Kurdish nationalist party HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party), also tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

In a statement, the leaders of the party’s parliamentary group indicated that all members, advisers, deputies and workers of the pro-Kurdish formation had been tested for the new virus, after a member of the cleaning staff in its office became infected a few days ago.

21,600 active cases of coronavirus in Turkey

“After the first tests, it was discovered that three of our deputies so far are infected. They are under medical surveillance, and their state of health is improving,” said a statement issued by the party.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to progress rapidly and has already infected more than 10 million people worldwide and caused more than half a million deaths, with the United States, Brazil, Russia and India being the most infected countries. In Turkey, the accumulated cases are close to 200,000 but only about 21,600 remain active, while the number of deceased is around 5,100.