Soldiers in southwestern Turkish province quarantined over surge in COVID-19 cases

Some 670 soldiers in a military post in Turkey’s southwestern Burdur province have been quarantined in dormitories upon COVID-19 suspicion after 33 soldiers tested positive for the coronavirus, Demirören News Agency reported on Friday.

A Defence Ministry statement last week had confirmed 23 coronavirus cases in the same post, the 58th Infantry Training Regiment in Burdur, among incoming recruits.

As of Friday, the number of soldiers who were quarantined rose to 670 as ten more soldiers tested positive, raising the total to 33.

A village in the nearby Karamanlı district had been quarantined yesterday when some among guests at a wedding tested positive. Last week, one of the people who contracted the coronavirus had been to another wedding in a nearby village, which is currently also under quarantine.        

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca urged citizens to “consider the risk of sending a gift on the expensive side or attending weddings in person,” on Friday, while figures he announced later in the day showed 926 new cases, 5,458deaths in total, and 12,507 active cases.