Turkey quarantines 83 citizens evacuated from Qatar

Turkish nationals sent to student dormitories for 14-day quarantine in northwestern Yalova province

Erhan Erdogan   | 02.04.2020
Turkey quarantines 83 citizens evacuated from Qatar

YALOVA, Turkey

As many as 83 Turkish citizens, who were evacuated by plane from Qatar as part of measures against coronavirus, safely reached the country on Thursday, sources said.

Turkish nationals consisting of students and businesspeople arrived in Istanbul, the country's largest metropolis.

They were later sent to student dormitories in Termal district of northwestern Yalova province -- known for its hot springs -- for a 14-day quarantine by three buses accompanied by police teams.

In Turkey, the virus that originated in China last year has infected 15,679 people, and caused 277 deaths.

It has reached 180 countries and infected more than 965,200 people worldwide, according to the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

The global death toll has exceeded 49,200, with over 203,000 recoveries.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara

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