Amid the new coronavirus pandemic, Turkey evacuated more than 1,700 of its nationals from all over the world with specially arranged Turkish Airlines flights.
Turkish Airlines flight carrying 181 Turkish citizens left Azerbaijan’s Ganja International Airport and landed in the Black Sea province of Ordu.
Separately, a total of 182 Turks were evacuated on a flight from Sudan and landed in Batman province. Following health checks, they were sent to Siirt province.
Meanwhile, a flight carrying 94 Turks from Serbia landed in Kutahya province.
Turkey evacuated 344 of its citizens on a flight from Algeria which landed in Gaziantep province. A flight carrying 182 Turks from Germany landed in Adana province.
Separately, a total of 329 people, including 279 Turks and 50 German nationals who have family ties to Turkish citizens, were evacuated on a flight from Germany which arrived in the capital Ankara.
A total of 166 Turks were evacuated on a flight from Jordan and landed in the Black Sea province of Samsun.
A flight carrying 188 Turkish citizens from Russia landed in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Some 150 Turks were evacuated on a flight from Spain and landed in the Black Sea province of Amasya.
All of the evacuees were housed at student dormitories for a 14-day quarantine in line with the country’s strict measures to stem the spread of the virus.
At the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey will bring back nearly 25,000 citizens before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins later this week.
Turkey confirmed 117 more fatalities from the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 2,376.
Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 185 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US.
More than 2.62 million cases have been confirmed worldwide and at least 183,000 deaths with over 784,000 recoveries.