Turkey on Thursday referred to dormitories 1,500 foreign nationals, who were unable to fly abroad, due to border closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The passengers from a number of countries, including Algeria, Jordan and Tunisia, who were stuck at the Istanbul Airport since the airspace in their countries was closed, have been referred to dormitories in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Karabuk, where they will stay for a while.

The foreigners accompanied by security personnel were taken to Karabuk by bus from the airport terminal.

In Turkey, COVID-19 has so far claimed 59 lives, while 2,433 have tested positive. 

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