Passengers and crew members of a flight from Tehran are quarantined in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey - The passengers and crew members of a Turkish Airlines flight from Tehran are quarantined for 14 days. All 132 passengers were tested for possible coronavirus infection at a state hospital in Ankara.

The flight from Tehran was carrying Turkish nationals home after Ankara closed its border with Iran this weekend following a coronavirus outbreak there, Koca said in a written statement. An aviation source said earlier the flight was originally due to land at Istanbul, one of the world’s largest airports, but was diverted to Ankara. The Health Ministry denied this.

A special flight was set up for Turkish citizens wishing to return to our country from Iran. Turkish citizens who come to our country from Iran with this flight will be kept under quarantine for 14 days,

Koca said.

On Tuesday, the death toll from the coronavirus in Iran rose to 16. Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said earlier 17 passengers, including 12 from Iran’s Qom region, were suspected to have the virus.

Turkey’s Demiroren news agency broadcast footage showing ambulances lined up beside the plane after landing in Ankara, with some personnel wearing white protective suits on the tarmac. Turkish Airlines said on Tuesday it had extended cancellation of flights to Iranian cities, with the exception of Tehran, until March 10.
On Monday, the airline said it canceled flights to Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz, and Shiraz. It also said it cut the frequency of Tehran flights to two per day.

Via Reuters