A second patient has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Turkey, the country's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 13 after Ankara announced a series of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“He is from the immediate circle of our first patient, who was followed up as soon as the diagnosis was made,” Koca said on Twitter.
DÜN AKŞAM sonuçlanan test, üzücü bir öngörüyü doğruladı. Bir hastamız daha var. İlk hastamızın, tanı konur konmaz takibe alınan çevresindendir. Virüsün olası yayılımını bu sınırlar içinde tutabilmek için gerekli tedbirlere başvurduk. Sorunun üstesinden birlikte geleceğiz.— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) March 13, 2020
Theministry has taken necessary measures to prevent the spread of thevirus beyond its current reach, Koca added.
Turkey’sfirst case was announced earlier this week, a man who had recentlyreturned from Europe.
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Anotherstatement was released by Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın,who said that the second patient is also “under control.”
“There'sno place for panic and lethargy. It's important to implement themeasures meticulously,” Kalın tweeted on March 13.
İkinci vaka da kontrol altında.— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) March 13, 2020
Rehavet ve panik yok.
Tedbirleri titiz bir şekilde uygulamak önemli.
Okullar, toplu/çoklu hareketliliği ve kalabalık ortamları azaltmak için tatil edildi. Lütfen bu noktaya dikkat edelim. https://t.co/P988CA9EKS
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