Turkey to quarantine 132 on flight from Iran
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All 132 passengers and crew on board a Turkish Airlines plane from Tehran will be quarantined for the next two weeks and tested for possible coronavirus infection at a hospital in capital Ankara, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Tuesday.
The Turkish Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Ankara airport earlier on Tuesday due to fears that a traveller was carrying the coronavirus.
The Airbus A330-300 plane, travelling to Istanbul from Tehran, landed at the Esenboğa Airport near the Turkish capital at 10:45 a.m. local time, Airporthaber said.
The flight from Tehran was carrying Turkish nationals home after the country closed its border with Iran this weekend amid a coronavirus outbreak there, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Koca as saying.
Turkey has closed its land border with Iran and is allowing only remaining Turkish citizens to travel back to the country to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Islamic Republic has reported at least 15 deaths from the illness, a figure disputed by a parliamentarian from Qom, who has said 50 people died in the holy city.
All Turkish citizens, who want to return from Iran, will be subject to 14-day quarantine, the health minister said.
“No coronavirus cases were found in Turkey,” Koca said.