Turkey: Second coronavirus case confirmed – Measures are taken for sports events and education

Turkey: Second coronavirus case confirmed – Measures are taken for sports events and education

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Friday the confirmation of a second case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“It is from the immediate environment of the first patient, who has been monitored since the diagnosis was made”, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

“We have taken the necessary steps to maintain the potential spread of the virus within these limits. We will overcome this problem together”, he added.

On Thursday, President Ibrahim Kalin’s spokesman announced a series of measures taken, following a five-hour meeting on coronavirus held at the Presidential Palace.

Ibrahim Kalin announced the postponement of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visits abroad for a short time without making any specific reference to the timeframe. He was also announced that all sports events will be held without spectators until the end of April, while the educational institutions will remain closed.

As Education Minister Ziya Selcuk confirmed, it was decided that primary, secondary and tertiary schools would be closed for two weeks, as part of the coronavirus precautions. Distance education will start from week two.

“With the distance education system provided free of charge by the National Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health’s protective and preventive measures to tackle the epidemic, Turkey is poised to become a modern country with its television-based and on-line curriculum, something that is happening for the first time in the world nationally”, Selcuk told reporters./ibna