Continuing football matches in Turkey that were suspended because of the coronavirus will be a decision that will be made by the football federation, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Tuesday.

Koca met with the head of Turkish Football Federation Nihat Ozdemir and said there was no concrete demand to resume games and the ministry did not make a suggestions in any direction.

“We are in a period when the fight against coronavirus is still the main agenda item in the whole society and other issues are handled according to the criteria of pandemic measures,” Koca said on Twitter.

“Our meeting was realized for the purpose of consultation, not for a request and preparation for the decision. Upon request, the Committee of Science can be informed about the precautions to be taken in terms of health and can be reported to the federation.”

Turkey has registered 3,520 deaths from the coronavirus, while 73,285 patients have recovered. To date, the country has registered 129,491 diagnosed cases.

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