Turkey continues to repatriate nationals amid pandemic

Special flights return Turkish citizens in France, Germany, Switzerland, Iraq, Ukraine, Denmark, Malaysia, Netherlands

Erdogan Cagatay Zontur and Ali Murat Alhas   | 24.04.2020
Turkey continues to repatriate nationals amid pandemic


Turkey on Friday brought back over 3,800 citizens from several countries as part of its ongoing repatriation drive.

The country is working to bring back nearly 25,000 citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The highest number of citizens -- 963 - was brought back from France on special flights that landed in the capital Ankara as well as Istanbul.

A further 326 expats from Switzerland and 286 from Sweden arrived in the northwestern Bursa province and Amasya province along the Black Sea.

A total of 323 citizens returned from Ukraine on a special Turkish Airlines flight that arrived in the eastern Sivas province on Thursday night.

Following mandatory health checks, they were transported to the central Tokat province to be quarantined at a student dormitory.

In the central Nevsehir province, 299 Turkish citizens arrived from Azerbaijan and were placed in quarantine at a student dormitory.

A special flight with 165 Turkish citizens from Germany landed in the Mersin province on Thursday.

Another Turkish Airlines flight with 144 citizens from Algeria landed in the central Konya province, while 82 more from Thailand were brought to the Izmir province on the Aegean coast.

A total of 116 citizens were placed under quarantine in a dormitory in the central province of Nigde after returning from Denmark.

Returning to Turkey from the Netherlands, 312 others, including three infants, were referred to the Black Sea province of Giresun in the country's north.

Additionally, Turkish authorities brought back 349 others from Saudi Arabia, 135 from Iraq and 309 from Kuwait.

 All the returning citizens will be in quarantine for 14 days.

As of Friday, Turkey has registered near 105,000 cases of COVID-19, with the nationwide death toll at 2,600 and near 22,000 recoveries.

More than 2.78 million cases have been reported in 185 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December, with Europe and the US being the world’s hardest-hit areas.

 The global death toll is close to 195,000 deaths, while recoveries are nearing 765,000, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

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