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Turkey’s Erdogan says he tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

President tweets that he and his wife were infected with Omicron strain; they recently returned from Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on January 22, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on January 22, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19, but was not experiencing severe symptoms.

“After experiencing light symptoms, my wife and I tested positive for COVID-19. We have a mild infection thankfully, which we learned to be the Omicron variant,” the president said in a tweet.

“We are on duty. We will continue to work at home. We look forward to your prayers.”

First Lady Emime Erdogan tweeted that “hopefully, we will overcome this disease as soon as possible.” She and her husband returned from a trip to Kyiv on Thursday.

Erdogan, 67, sent the message after appearing via videolink at a tunnel-opening ceremony from Istanbul, having canceled his appearance in person, citing bad weather.

The president showed no signs of illness in his televised appearance.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, third right, his wife Olena, right, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre left, accompanied by his wife Emine, second left, listen to the national anthem during a welcome ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 3, 2022 (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Turkey has seen record levels of COVID-19 cases in recent days, with 111,157 cases reported by the Health Ministry on Friday.

In late December, daily cases stood at about 20,000 but have risen due to the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The country is also seeing a high number of fatalities due to COVID-19, with 248 deaths on Friday, a level not seen since October.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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