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Two senior Turkish government officials, positive in coronavirus

Turkey’s Interior Minister and Erdoğan’s spokesman have confirmed that they are infected with coronavirus.

Two senior Turkish government officials, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and President Erdoğan’s spokesman, İbrahim Kalin, have tested positive for coronavirus, both confirmed this weekend through their social media profiles.

Soylu announced on Saturday through his Twitter account that he and his family were under treatment at a hospital after testing positive for the new SARS-CoV-2 virus, adding that they have already started receiving COVID-19 medication. Soylu explained that he, his wife, and daughter began to feel symptoms of the disease early last week.

The Interior Minister pointed out, however, that after starting the treatment, they all feel better, and took the opportunity to wish a speedy recovery to all the COVID-19 patients in Turkey, where 2,106 new infections have been registered in the last 24 hours and another 74 deaths from coronavirus. He also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims due to the earthquake in İzmir.

Also İbrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, confirmed on the same Saturday that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 although he had only mild symptoms; thanking everyone for their words of support, Kalin underlined that his health is good and that he was responding well to treatment.

On the other hand, the metropolitan mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, was discharged from hospital on Monday after being diagnosed days ago positive for coronavirus. İmamoğlu, who remained for 10 days in the hospital under treatment for COVID-19, informed the press that he will have to remain at least 4 more days in quarantine at his home pending the results of a PCR test, and asked citizens to comply with security measures and use the mask.