Turkey’s economic growth will exceed expectations in the first quarter with a slight slowdown in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s finance minister said Thursday.

“Turkey prioritizes measures to keep a solid economy in line with 2020 targets,” Berat Albayrak said, in an live broadcast by Anadolu Agency in Istanbul.

Brushing aside bearish market predictions, he said: “I do not expect Turkish economy to face risks for now.”

Turkey will come out of this stronger than other countries, he added.

The finance minister ruled out a possible curfew in the country as a preventive measure against coronavirus.

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