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Turkey: Ex-premier tests negative for virus

Binali Yildirim diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month

Ali Murat Alhas   | 19.09.2020
Turkey: Ex-premier tests negative for virus


ANKARA

The former Turkish prime minister recovered from COVID-19 and now tested negative.

Binali Yildirim said on Twitter his test results came negative about two weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Yildirim hailed those who asked about his health status during quarantine days and supported him, saying: "May Allah bless you all."

Wishing remedy for all patients going through COVID-19 treatment, he praised healthcare staff working day and night, making many sacrifices from their personal lives.

He concluded that people should stick to adopting measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene.

Yildirim, 64, served as the 27th prime minister of Turkey in 2016-2018 before the country adopted a presidential system following a public referendum.

He was also the speaker of the Grand National Assembly in 2018-2019.

Turkey's death toll from the pandemic stands at 7,377 and the tally of official cases reached almost 300,000. Also, nearly 265,000 people recovered from the virus.

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