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Turkey evacuates citizens from Europe

Turkey evacuates citizens from Europe

After coronavirus' epicenter has moved from China to Europe, Turkish authorities have completed over 2,800 citizens’ evacuation from 9 countries in Europe.
18.03.2020 - 11:01

Turkey’s vice president early Wednesday said over 2,800 Turkish nationals have been brought home at their request from nine European countries Turkey barred entry from to stem the spread of coronavirus.


On Twitter, Fuat Oktay said the evacuation was completed at 6.00 a.m. local time, and the 2,807 nationals will be put under 14-day quarantine in large dormitories located in the Istanbul and Kocaeli provinces.

"All measures for their health, safety, nutrition, and accommodation have been taken in line with the rules set by the Health Ministry and Science Board [for coronavirus]," Oktay said.

Turkey last week closed its border gates to passengers from Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands to help stem the spread of coronavirus.

Late Tuesday Turkey also confirmed its first death from coronavirus, an 89-year-old man. There are now nearly 100 confirmed cases in the country.