By Sefa Mutlu
ANKARA (AA) - The Turkish and Indonesian leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic infecting more people every day over the phone on Tuesday, according to an official statement.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo discussed cooperation in fight against the coronavirus and bilateral relations, Turkey’s Directorate of Communications said.
Earlier in the day, Widodo declared a national public health emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, and announced an additional $24.7 billion spending to mitigate the impact.
Turkey, for its part, unveiled a relief package worth 100 billion Turkish liras ($15.4 billion) to limit the economic fallout from coronavirus earlier in March.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus has spread to at least 178 countries and regions, according to the U.S-based Johns Hopkins University database.
The data shows the confirmed number of cases worldwide has surpassed 803,000, with the death toll over 39,000 and more than 172,600 recoveries.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar