Turkey limits imports from China to prevent spread of deadly virus

World Yen Doran 08-Feb-2020
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Turkish government has decided to suspend imports from China of all kinds of animal products, implementing new measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, said the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, on Feb. 7.

The government will temporarily half all imports of living and non-living animals, animal and waste products.

The suspended imports include poultry, seafood, mollusks, animal fats and similar products.

He also underlined that the coronavirus is “zoonotic,” meaning it had transmitted to humans from animals.

The minister also said that it is still not clear so far from which animal the virus emerged; hence the best precautions have been taken to prevent a possible animal-borne infection by temporarily limiting the imports from China.

The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global emergency on Jan. 31 as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

On early Feb. 7, World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from coronavirus, originating in central Wuhan city, climbed to 637 with 31,211 confirmed cases in China.

Besides China, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Russia, Spain and India.

There are 270 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 24 countries, with one death.

Many countries have evacuated their citizens from the city of Wuhan — the epicentre of the virus — and other affected areas of China, placing them in isolated medical care.