Turkish Prez Erdogan tests positive for Covid-19

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Erdogan on Saturday tweeted that he was infected by the Omicron variant of the virus.

The President said he and his wife were having mild symptoms of Covid-19, adding that he will continue his work at home.

The number of daily Covid-19 cases in Turkey has nearly doubled since early January, as the Omicron variant cases rapidly increased across the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Turkey’s Covid-19 cases have been hovering around the threshold of 100,000 for the last four days, according to the Turkish Health Ministry.

Gene-sequence sampling has found that almost all of Turkey’s recent Covid-19 cases were caused by the Omicron variant, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.

Turkey on Friday reported 111,157 new Covid-19 cases, its highest daily figure of the pandemic, raising its tally of infections to 12,051,852.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 156 to 83,231, while 25,502 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.

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