Turkey's Erdoğan, positive for coronavirus

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife, positive for coronavirus

Erdoğan and his wife Emine are infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, so they will quarantine for a week.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife, First Lady Emine Erdoğan, have tested positive for coronavirus although at the moment they only have mild symptoms, as announced this Saturday through the official Twitter account of the President of Turkey, a country that yesterday exceeded 111,000 new infections in the last 24 hours, with 248 more deaths from COVID-19.

Erdoğan, who was scheduled to attend an opening ceremony this morning in Zonduldak, northern Turkey, opted instead to attend the event via video conference, explaining that he had had to cancel his visit due to flu-like symptoms and throat problems. Shortly thereafter, it was officially announced that both the president and his wife had COVID-19, and that both had contracted the Omicron variant.

Through Twitter, Erdoğan declared that he would continue to work from home. “I am confident that we will overcome this disease as soon as possible with Mr. Tayyip. Pray for us,” his 66-year-old wife Emine Erdoğan wrote also on Twitter. In fact, during a press conference before his recent visit to Ukraine, Erdoğan had shown visible signs of exhaustion, speaking in a hoarse voice and sneezing on several occasions.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, who turns 68 this month, and who was given the first dose of the vaccine in January 2021 at a public event to encourage population to get vaccinated, received the third booster dose last month of June. After his positive for coronavirus was confirmed, he is scheduled to stay at his residence in Istanbul for a week before undergoing a second COVID test. Several political leaders, including opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, have already wished him and his wife a speedy recovery.