SANLIURFA, Turkey 

An additional 373 people were placed under 14-day quarantine in this province Friday after returning from abroad amid the novel coronavirus.    

The provincial governorate said 100 were brought from Iraq by bus and 273 from Algeria by plane. A total of 299 were Turks. 

They were transferred to rooms after a health screening to begin the two-week observation, after which they will be able to leave if no symptoms have occurred.

After originating in China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 187 countries and regions. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.

The pandemic has killed nearly 238,000 worldwide, with more than 3.2 million infections, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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