The Turkish Geriatrics Society released a statement on Monday stressing the importance of hygiene in avoiding the novel coronavirus.

In a written statement, the society emphasized that there was currently no vaccine against the virus and that recommendations mostly focused on prevention strategies.

It reiterated that the elderly were at higher risk of serious complications if they contracted COVID-19, according to scientific studies.

There are over 349,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with a death toll topping 15,000, while more than 100,000 have recovered.

The coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 167 countries

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