A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has tested positive positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) days after attending Friday prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia.
AKP lawmaker Ahmet Akay, who posted a video from inside Hagia Sophia on July 24 without wearing a mask, has announced that he was diagnosed on Twitter.
"I'm resting at home and my health condition is very good," Akay wrote on Twitter.
Değerli hemşehrilerim,— Ahmet Akay (@ahmetakayurfa) August 3, 2020
Düzenli olarak yaptığımız Covid-19 testlerimiz negatif çıkmıştı. Ancak dün yaptırdığımız testimizin sonucu pozitif çıkmıştır.
Şu anda evimde dinlenmekteyim ve hamd olsun sağlık durumum gayet iyi.
Dualarınız esirgemeyiniz.? pic.twitter.com/g8VW9KJYl1
Thousands of people, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and high level state officials, poured to Hagia Sophia for first Friday prayers at the site after it was converted into a mosque.
The overcrowded scenes and the lack of social distancing prompted concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Akay is the third AKP deputy to announce that he was diagnosed with coronavirus after attending the prayers.
Lawmakers İsmail Bilen and Hüseyin Şanverdi have also tested positive.Erdoğan says 350,000 attended Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia amid concerns over COVID-19 spread