A Turkish doctor died on Wednesday after contracting coronavirus from his patient.

Dr. Cemil Tascioglu was a professor of Internal Medicine at Istanbul University.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, professor Dr. Tufan Tukek, dean of Istanbul University, said Tascioglu had tested positive for the virus and was being treated since March 16.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to the doctor’s friends and family.

The death toll from coronavirus in Turkey has risen to 277, with 15,679 cases confirmed so far.

After originating in China last December, the virus, also known as COVID-19, has spread to at least

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