Turkish citizens returning from China’s coronavirus-hit city to be quarantined

World Faizah Kamal 01-Feb-2020
Doctor holding test tube for Coronavirus
Doctor holding test tube for Coronavirus © Olga Nikiforova | Dreamstime.com

Turkish citizens returning from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city of China will be placed in quarantine for a total of 14 days, according to the country’s health minister.

Speaking at a news conference after a scientific committee meeting on the mystery virus, Fahrettin Koca said Turkish citizens who are set to travel from Wuhan will be quarantined for 14 days for precautionary measures.

Koca said that from Wuhan, the Turkish cargo plane will carry 34 Turkish citizens, seven Azerbaijani, seven Georgian and one Albanian.

He had added that the plane was soon expected to take off from Ankara to Wuhan.

“There are [Turkish] citizens who reside in Wuhan and have absolutely no suspicion of infection. We cannot leave our completely healthy citizens and put them at risk,” Koca said.

The minister also highlighted that 21 infection specialists will also travel to China with the cargo plane that will take the citizens back to Turkey.

“Our team will perform the necessary examinations for every passenger. We are taking them with special isolation,” he said.

Members of the medical team will also be quarantined for 14 days along with the citizens, Koca added.

The ministry will utilise an unused hospital for the citizens arriving from Wuhan, in a bid to prevent any contact with other citizens in actively used hospitals.

Koca also stressed that 68 people from Turkey have been examined thoroughly and there is currently no “absolute coronavirus” diagnosis.

“Even if there is [a diagnosis], I want to underline that all of our preparations have been completed,” he said.