A hospital funded by a Japanese trading company has opened in Turkey.
The hospital owned by Sojitz Corporation and Turkish shareholders opened in Istanbul about a month ahead of schedule on Thursday to accept coronavirus patients.
More than 150,000 infections have been confirmed in Turkey, the ninth highest number in the world.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo also took part online.
The Basaksehir Cam & Sakura City Hospital is named after the pine tree and cherry blossom, the national symbols of Turkey and Japan.
Sojitz will run the 2,682-bed hospital with a local operator.
A Sojitz representative, Goda Shohei, said he wants to live up to people’s high expectations and do his best to contribute to Turkey.