Turkey confirms first coronavirus death

ISTANBUL: Turkey confirmed its first novel coronavirus-related death on Tuesday (Mar 17) as the number of cases in the country rose to 98.

“Today, I lost my first patient in our fight against coronavirus,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a televised press conference, adding that the victim was an 89-year-old man who contracted the virus from an employee with connections to China.

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The minister also said the number of cases had risen from 47 to 98.

“The big majority of those who tested positive are recovering,” Koca said.

Turkey has announced a series of preventive measures in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including travel restrictions on 20 countries and the closure of schools and universities.

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Authorities on Monday suspended collective mosque prayers until further notice and ordered the closure of public spaces, including cinemas.

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