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Erdogan, Wife Test Positive for COVID-19

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Turkish Presidency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife, Emine, have tested positive for Covid-19, as they announced on Saturday.

The President of Turkey made the announcement via his Twitter account at noon on Saturday, saying that they tested for coronavirus and the results were positive.

“Today, we had the result of our coronavirus test, which I did with my wife after having mild symptoms. It was positive. Fortunately, the illness is mild and we found out that we have Omicron. We will continue our work at home. We are waiting for your prayers,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter.

Erdogan has received the third Covid vaccine dose

The Turkish president received his third vaccine dose in June last year.

Erdogan, 67, sent the message after appearing via video link at a tunnel-opening ceremony in Istanbul, having canceled his appearance in person, citing bad weather.

The president showed no signs of illness in his televised appearance.

Turkey has seen record levels of Covid-19 cases in recent days, with 111,157 cases reported by the Health Ministry on Friday, AP reports.

In late December, daily cases stood at about 20,000 but have risen due to the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The country is also seeing a high number of deaths due to COVID-19, with 248 deaths reported on Friday, the highest since October.

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