Turkey's first mayor from the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), eastern Dersim Mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu tested positive for COVID-19 on June 22, leading to precautionary isolation of the city's district mayors.
Dün yaşadığım boğaz ağrısından sonra hastanedeki tetkiklerim ve yapılan test sonuçlarına göre Coronavirüs testi sonucum pozitif çıkmıştır. Tunceli Devlet Hastanesinde tedavi sürecim başlamıştır...— Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu (@FatihMacoglu) June 22, 2020
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"My coronavirus test came back positive after the examination I received for my sore throat yesterday," Maçoğlu had tweeted, adding that his treatment in the local state hospital had begun.
Pülümür Mayor Müslüm Tosun, Pertek Mayor Ruhan Alan, Hozat Mayor Seyfi Geyik and Ovacık Mayor Mustafa Sarıgül from Dersim's districts were all placed under home isolation.
The Dersim Municipality's Twitter account reported on June 25 that the chief physician in the hospital had said Maçoğlu's condition was improving.
"The chief physician noted that Mayor Maçoğlu’s discomfort had decreased and that he doesn't need intensive care," the Dersim Municipality account tweeted.
Belediye Başkanımız Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu bugün yaptığımız görüşmede sağlık durumunun iyi olduğunu belirtirken Tunceli Devlet Hastanesi Başhekimliği de Belediye Başkanımız Maçoğlu’nun şikayetlerinde gerileme olduğunu ve yoğun bakım ihtiyacı bulunmadığını belirtti.— Dersim Belediyesi (@BldDersim) June 25, 2020
In a June 23 video he shared on Twitter, Maçoğlu had assured his followers that he was doing well and had urged Dersim residents to adhere to safe distancing and wear masks.