Turkish health minister confirms first case of coronavirus

প্রকাশিত: ২:৫১ অপরাহ্ণ, মার্চ ১১, ২০২০

ebn Desk: Turkey has announced its first case of the new coronavirus. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said early Wednesday the case was a male patient who had returned from Europe. Koca said the patient was isolated and his family members and other people who had come into contact with him had been quarantined.

ATurkish citizenwith high fever and cough symptoms was diagnosed with thecoronavirusfollowing tests, making him the country’s first confirmed diagnosis, Turkish Health MinisterFahrettin Kocasaid early on Wednesday.

Themale patientis in good health condition and his family and people who had closecontactwith him are under observation.

“This is the first case confirmed in our country. The diagnosis ofcoronaviruswas made early and if the virus has spread it is limited. Our country is prepared for this, allmeasuresto prevent spread are taken,” Koca said at a news conference.

Earlier, Koca said it was highly likely that there is acoronavirus outbreakin Turkey, but there had not yet been any confirmed cases.

More than half the countries in the world now have confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which for most people causes mild illness.

In European countries, Italy is the hardest hit with more than 10,000 cases. France, Spain and Germany have more than 1,000 each.

The outbreak has also grown in the Middle East, with Iran the hardest hit at more than 8,000 cases.