2,807 Turkish nationals evacuating from Europe quarantined in NW Turkey

A total of 2,807 Turkish citizens evacuating from nine European countries were under quarantine in northwestern Turkey on Wednesday amid concerns of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted that the evacuation of the Turkish nationals who wanted to return to the country was completed early in the morning.

“Our citizens were placed in dormitories in Istanbul and Kocaeli provinces,” he said in the tweet, noting that they will be hosted there for 14 days.

As part of the efforts to contain coronavirus, Turkey has so far suspended flights to and from 20 countries in total, including Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Britain.

On Tuesday night, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Turkey’s first death from the novel coronavirus, noting that the total number of the confirmed cases reached 98.