Doctors in Greece consider Turkey a high risk country for coronavirus



The Panhellenic Medical Association on Wednesday expressed concerns over Turkey’s failure to report coronavirus incidents, GTP Headlines reported.

“As Turkey’s eastern border, especially with Iran, has been raging for weeks with a Covid-19 outbreak with hundreds of dead, we consider it unlikely for the neighbouring country to not have cases,” the association said.

For that reason the association is urging medical authorities to consider Turkey as a “high risk country” and to monitor incoming passengers traveling from or through the neighbouring country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed the first reported Covid-19 case in Turkey. A man tested positive, making it the first official case in Turkey since the global outbreak began.

In the same announcement, the association warned all university students studying in cities or countries with confirmed Covid-19 cases to avoid travel or returning to their family homes particularly if there are high-risk members living there as part of measures to restrict the spread of the virus.

The announcement comes one day after the Greek education ministry announced the two-week closure of all schools and educational facilities due to the coronavirus outbreak.

*Source: GTP Headlines


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