Turkey has sent 500,000 coronavirus test kits to the United States upon their request.
Turkey’s Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, disclosed this in a statement on Friday March 20th, 2020.
In a speech to Turkish parliament, Koca stated that “Ankara is aimed at rapidly increasing its own testing and had a target of carrying out 10,000 to 15,000 tests per day.”
He also added that more than 10,000 tests have so far been carried out.
“We think this number will increase in the upcoming days. Our goal is to conduct 15,000 tests per day,” he added.
According to the Health Minister, the number of the laboratories used to examine test results will also increase from 25 to 36.
He noted that all metropolises in Turkey will soon be able to conduct COVID-19 tests.
The Minister, however, claimed that Iran and Italy were responsible for the virus’ spread around the world and Europe.
“Iran caused the virus to get spread to all the countries. Italy caused the spread in Europe by allowing those arriving from China to roam in the country,” he said.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also asked lawmakers to commend health workers for their hard work and sacrifices.