Turkey launched non-contact foreign trade to stem the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s trade minister said on Friday.

The country has closed all borders as of the beginning of March against the novel coronavirus outbreak to prevent its spread in Turkey, Ruhsar Pekcan reminded.

Despite all measures, the first COVID-19 case has appeared in the country on March 10.

After closure of Iraqi borders, the Turkish Trade Ministry focused on non-contact foreign trade studies to continue the country’s exports and imports.

Currently, Turkish drivers carry trucks until border crossings, and foreign drivers then receive the trucks to transport

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