Turkey claims to have successfully treated COVID-19 with Trump touted hydroxychloroquine

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Istanbul – Turkey has the largest epidemic of coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 117,000 confirmed infections. More than 3,000 people died. But the government claims to have a death rate below the world average estimated by the World Health Organization at more than 3%.

The Turkish government has imposed weekend closings only and has prohibited people under the age of 20 and over the age of 65 from leaving their homes during the week to limit the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Turkish Ministry of Health said the death toll was relatively low thanks to treatment protocols in the country, which involved two existing drugs – the controversial anti-malaria hydroxychloroquine touted by President Trump and the Japanese antiviral favipiravir.

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