COVID-19: Another Galatasaray executive tests positive

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish football club Galatasaray's deputy chairman tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday.

"Treated in a hospital for as precautionary measure, our Vice President Yusuf Gunay tested positive for COVID-19," Galatasaray said on their Twitter account.

The Istanbul club also wished the 55-year-old executive a quick recovery.

On Monday Galatasaray confirmed that Abdurrahim Albayrak, another vice-chairman of the club, tested positive for the virus.

The club said Albayrak and his wife Sukran Albayrak tested positive for the virus, adding they were both in good health on the sixth day of a treatment process.

Galatasaray have been battling against the COVID-19 as the senior team's head coach Fatih Terim, who is in the hospital due to the novel coronavirus, said Wednesday he feels well.

"I have such beautiful and special feelings and I feel every prayer in my heart. This is a test and we'll overcome it with your prayers and good wishes. I am fine and will be much better, God willing," Terim, 66, said on Twitter, and thanked fans for their support.

Terim announced late Monday that he tested positive for the virus.

Turkey has confirmed a total of 75 fatalities from the virus, while the tally of infections was reported as 3,629 by the Turkish health minister late Thursday.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 176 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows more than 537,800 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 24,100, and over 123,300 recoveries.

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