KIRKLARELI/VAN, Turkey 

On Thursday, some 349 Turkish nationals were brought back from Canada as part of an initiative by Ankara amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

After routine health checks were coordinated by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the passengers were brought to the northwestern city of Kirklareli to be quarantined.

Meanwhile, 249 Turkish nationals were brought back from Oman on the same day and placed under quarantine in the eastern city of Van following health checks.

At the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey will bring back nearly 25,000 citizens

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