Coronavirus: Erdogan’s spokesman and interior minister test positive for COVID-19

President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party’s provincial advisory council meeting in Haci Bayram Veli University in Ankara, Turkey on March 02, 2020. (AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman and interior minister both announced Saturday that they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kolin tweeted that he had reached "the final stage of coronavirus treatment" but did not say how long he has been sick.

"I am going very well," he wrote.

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Kolin's comment came only hours after Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said he was hospitalized Friday with his wife and daughter, who also tested positive for the virus.

Both men routinely meet Erdogan, who was travelling on Saturday to Izmir to inspect the damage from an earthquake that killed more than 30 people in Turkey and Greece.

The Turkish leader, whose entourage is routinely tested for the virus, has exhibited no signs of illness and keeps a punishing schedule that often includes several daily televised speeches.

Turkey, which this week surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths, has so far refrained from reintroducing the lockdown measures being unveiled by countries such as France and Greece.

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