WASHINGTON 

A World Health Organization (WHO) official praised Turkey’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic Thursday.  

“Turkey is an exemplary country thanks to its diagnostic capacity and tremendous efforts in treatment in its fight against COVID-19,” Pavel Ursu, the WHO’s representative for Turkey, said on Twitter.

On March 11, Turkey became the last major nation to report a coronavirus case and confirmed its first death from the disease on March 17 — an 89-year-old man.

Since then, the authorities have tightened restrictions to stymy the spread of the virus, including shutting down non-essential businesses, shopping malls and intercity travel.

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