U.S. says woman who travelled to Turkey tests positive for coronavirus

A U.S. national in her 80s who arrived in the United States from Turkey has tested positive for coronavirus, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said.

"She is a Harford County resident who contracted the virus while travelling to Turkey. This appears to be the first case of COVID-19 anywhere in the world to be associated with travel to Turkey," the governor told a news conference on Monday.

It was not immediately clear if the woman contracted the virus during her stay in Turkey, or during her travel to the country.

"The Maryland Department of Health is still investigating. So more details may become available," Harford County Executive Barry Glassman told in another press conference.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has repeatedly said Turkey has no cases of coronavirus after taking measures at its borders. But coronavirus has been found in half of the eight countries neighbouring Turkey - Iran, Greece, Iraq and Georgia.

The global coronavirus death toll has exceeded 3,300, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases in 87 countries, according to the World Health Organisation.