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Turkish-made testing kits to be out soon, minister says

Turkish-made testing kits to be out soon, minister says

The health minister reiterated that preventive measures to avert the outbreak, such as staying at home and avoiding public gatherings, should be taken seriously.
19.03.2020 - 16:12

Turkey-made coronavirus testing kits will be available for use in the next one or two days, the country's health minister said Thursday.

"18 LABS ARE CONDUCTING TESTS"

"In the coming one or two days, a quick diagnosis kit will be ready," Fahrettin Koca told lawmakers in the Turkish parliament. "Turkey has conducted over 10,000 tests so far [...] Our target is to carry out at least 10,000 to 15,000 tests daily," he said.

The health minister said the government will increase the number of laboratories to 36 nationwide.

"As of today, 18 labs are conducting tests in coordination with two university foundations," Koca said.

He said Turkey has 99,797 single-bed rooms that may be used for isolation or intensive care for patients, the minister said.

Praising the state-of-the-art city hospitals, Turkey's flagship project in health care, he said: "We are ready for all possible worst case scenarios in terms of physical and technological infrastructures."