Turkey will continue to support its allies, friends, and those in need around the world amid the global coronavirus outbreak, Turkey’s communications director said on Sunday.
"We hear a lot of positive feedback and praise about our humanitarian aid to close to 60 countries so far," Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter, adding that even before the pandemic Turkey had been leading the world in the ration of its humanitarian aid ratio to GDP.
Altun also said that Turkey’s aid shipment to Somalia included for the first time Turkey’s locally manufactured ventilators.
"This is not a matter of politics but our President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s and our country’s humanitarian approach," he said.
He went on to say that what Turkey has done for the world so far amid the pandemic is clear proof of how Turkey views its fellow human beings.
"Turkey will emerge from this crisis having mobilized national resources for the wellbeing of our people, cared for the sick and the weak, helped others around the world, and led global efforts to mount a global response," Altun said. "We are proud of our people’s patience, generosity, and resilience!"
COVID-19 cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since it emerged in Wuhan, China last December, with the US and Europe now the hardest-hit areas.
The pandemic has killed almost 244,000 people, with total infections over 3.4 million, while just over 1 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.