Turkiye’s president on Thursday tested negative for COVID-19 after he contracted the coronavirus last week and he no longer has the disease symptoms, his doctor said.

Dr. Serkan Topaloglu told Anadolu Agency that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not had any symptoms of the virus over the past few days, while first lady Emine Erdogan has “very mild symptoms.”

“The PCR tests we have done for the last two days have been negative. I think that our president will return to his routine program very soon, even tomorrow (Friday),” Topaloglu said.

Noting the significance of vaccines in Erdogan’s recovery process, Topaloglu added: “We think that the vaccines are definitely very effective. Our president’s stance on vaccines has been very clear since the beginning of the pandemic.”

The president is one of the first people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country, he stressed.

Erdogan announced on Saturday that he and first lady Emine Erdogan had tested positive for the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

* Writing by Seda Sevencan.

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