President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Monday that Serbia would provide medical aid.
In a letter to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, Erdoğan expressed Turkey’s support for Serbia in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am convinced that the active measures you have taken since day one in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic will help to overcome this crisis with the least possible losses,” Erdoğan told Vucic, according to the Serbian Presidency.
“I wish you every success in your endeavors. I hope that the medical equipment we will be sending to your country this week, in addition to the test kits previously provided, will support our friends from Serbia in their fight against the pandemic.” ” he added.
Erdoğan also expressed condolences from Turkey to the Serbs who lost their lives to the virus.
“I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your citizens, including the State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Mr Branislav Blazic. … I hope that we will overcome this difficult situation as soon as possible,” he said.
Serbia has so far confirmed over 2,200 COVID-19 cases with at least 58 deaths.
The government declared a state of emergency and imposed a nightly curfew from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time (1600-0400GMT).
The country has also closed its borders to foreigners, schools, colleges, sports halls and gyms have also been closed.
After first emerging last December in Wuhan, China, the virus has spread to at least 184 countries and territories. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a pandemic.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide has now surpassed 1.3 million, while the death toll is over 73,700 and more than 275,800 have recovered to date, according to data from US-based Johns Hopkins University.
Despite the rising number of cases, most who contract the virus will only experience mild symptoms before recovering.