A plane from Iran has diverted from Istanbul, its destination, to land in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, due to the presence of 17 people possibly infected with coronavirus on board.
The Turkish Airlines flight from Tehran, with 132 passengers on board, landed at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport Tuesday at 10.29 a.m. (0729GMT), said correspondents on the ground.
Passengers from the flight have been taken in for preliminary health exams by the Ankara Health Directorate and Health Ministry officials.
The 17 passengers are being treated as possible cases as they have higher-than-normal temperatures.
Turkey to date has no reported cases of coronavirus.
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