Turkey's President Erdogan Tests Positive for COVID-19

Turkey's President Erdogan Tests Positive for COVID-19
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the audience as he attends a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 19, 2021. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters)

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

"The result of our COVID-19 tests done after showing mild symptoms with my wife came back positive. Thank god we are going through Omicron variant of the disease mildly," Erdogan said in a tweet, shortly after addressing a rally in Black Sea Province of Zonguldak via video conference.

Erdogan also said he will continue his work from home during their recovery.

Erdogan made a speech via live videolink during the opening ceremony of a road and tunnels in northern Black Sea Province of Zonguldak earlier on Saturday.

Party officials, ministers, and opposition leaders have sent wishes of fast recovery following the announcement.

On Thursday, in a trip to Kyiv, Erdogan held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and offered to host a meeting between Putin and Zelenskiy.

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