Turkey confirms first coronavirus death

By: AFP      Published: 02:20 AM, 18 Mar, 2020
Turkey confirms first coronavirus death
Women wear protective face masks sitting near the Sultanahmet Mosque also known as the Blue Mosque as the nation tries to contain the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Istanbul on March 17,2020.–AFP

Turkey confirmed its first novel coronavirus-related death on Tuesday as the number of cases in the country has risen to 98.

“Today I lost my first patient in our fight against coronavirus,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a televised press conference, adding that the patient was an 89-year-old man.