ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey s fitness minister stated Monday that the country is using a drug sent from China on patients laid low with the unconventional coronavirus.

"From this morning we have added a special drug utilized in China which is alleged to have resulted in enhancements in extensive care patients, cutting their time in care from 11-12 days to 4 days," Fahrettin Koca instructed reporters.

He did not give extra facts at the drug however the anti-malarial drug chloroquine has these days been used to treat coronavirus patients in China as well as France.

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a few researchers have said chloroquine indicates first-rate promise, even though scientists have agreed that greater trials are needed to determine if the drug is in reality effective and secure.

consistent with figures launched late Monday, Turkey has officially recorded 1,529 coronavirus cases and 37 deaths.

Koca stated 50,000 fast detection kits had arrived from China on Monday and had begun for use, with 300,000 predicted through Thursday.

The minister added that the chinese language authorities agreed with Turkey to share information on the unconventional coronavirus as the 2 international locations step up cooperation to fight in opposition to the pandemic.

even as Koca did no longer element where the fantastic cases had been in Turkey, he stated the virus had unfold across the u . S . A ..

He did say there have been fewer than 10 instances in Turkey s Van province, which borders badly-hit Iran.

He additionally said a few health workers had caught the coronavirus, without giving figures.

A further 32,000 medical examiners can be employed during the disaster, he advised a press convention in Ankara.

Koca additionally stated that face masks produced in Turkey "will no longer be exported" because the united states became in want.

There were hypothesis that Koca would possibly announce a nation of emergency, however he advised Turks to "announce their own nation of emergency" as he insisted residents adhere to measures already introduced through Ankara.

Turkish authorities have ordered those aged 65 and above and people with chronic illnesses to live at domestic, at the same time as most public spaces were quickly closed.