BAKU, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s health minister praised Turkey on Tuesday for helping it obtain test kits for the novel coronavirus that has killed thousands across the world. 

“The tests were brought to Baku by favor of our brother, Turkey,” Ogtay Shiraliyev told state television.

“First patients were diagnosed with the help of those tests,” he added.

Shiraliyev said initial diagnosis were done in a few laboratories and the country prevented an increase of virus cases thanks to measures taken.

Azerbaijan confirmed on Feb 28, its first virus case in a Russian national coming from Iran.

It confirmed its first death earlier

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