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Istanbul Mayor in Hospital after Positive Virus Test

Istanbul Mayor in Hospital after Positive Virus Test

Saturday, 24 October, 2020 - 12:00
Newly elected Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) addresses his supporters after taking the office in Istanbul, Turkey, April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

Istanbul's mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Saturday he has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus and suffering a fever.

"Yesterday evening around 9 p.m. I got a fever and with a temperature of 38 degrees. I came and spent the night in hospital," he said in a video apparently filmed in a hospital room.

"Now I am actually well. My fever is not bad. The process is continuing. There is nothing that can be viewed as negative in a medical sense," he added.

Istanbul's American Hospital said in a statement that Imamoglu, an opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was admitted at 10 p.m. after displaying symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. It said he tested positive for coronavirus and his treatment was continuing.

Imamoglu, from the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), was elected mayor in a re-run election in June 2019 in what was at the time a blow to Erdogan and his ruling AK Party.

Since then, there have been sporadic tensions between his municipality and the central government, including disputes over fundraising and measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the early stages of the outbreak.

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