March 19, 2020 / 11:42 AM / 16 days ago

Turkey says it sent 500,000 coronavirus test kits to United States

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has sent 500,000 coronavirus test kits to the United States upon their request, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday.

In a speech to parliament, Koca said that Ankara aimed to increase rapidly its own testing within Turkey and had a target of carrying out 10,000 to 15,000 tests per day. He said more than 10,000 tests have so far been carried out in total.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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