Turkish doctor warns of new strain of coronavirus

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ANKARA

To tackle the highly contagious mutated coronavirus, current anti-virus measures should be implemented more strictly, a Turkish doctor said on Wednesday.

Recalling that the mutated coronavirus was first detected in the UK about three weeks ago, Dr Mustafa Necmi Ilhan, a member of the Department of Health’s Social Sciences Council, told Anadolu Agency that the Turkey immediately began to implement new measures following the detection of the new coronavirus. viral strain.

As part of the measures, COVID-19 testing has become a requirement for those coming from the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and South Africa.

Ilhan added that those passengers were also to remain in isolation until their test results were obtained.

“This method is sufficient to stem the spread of the virus, but despite this, the mutated coronavirus has still been detected in 15 people so far,” Ilhan said, expressing that the patients are being put in isolation, while those in contact were quarantined. .

“This number, of course, can increase,” he added.

People shouldn’t congregate in houses

“Considering that more people with the mutated virus could have entered Turkey than the confirmed number, it is important to follow the measures more strictly to protect against the disease,” Ilhan said.

He noted: “As the mutated virus is said to be around 70% more contagious, it is especially vital to use the correct mask, maintain physical distance and ensure hygiene.

“According to the measures, gatherings in dining halls, cafes and places of entertainment have already been banned, but [measures at] homes are also important for protecting yourself from the virus. “

“Being in a crowd, especially in closed environments where there is no airflow, is the most important factor that increases the risk of transmission in the current form of the virus, while in a mutated coronavirus with a higher infectivity, this probability can even increase further, ”warned Ilhan.

“During this period, especially given the higher transmission at home, greater attention to compliance with measures will be the most important factor in maintaining health and reducing the risk of contracting the virus,” he said. he adds.

* Writing by Merve Berker

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