Turkish citizens should avoid international travel unless absolutely necessary, the health minister said Wednesday after Turkey confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

The global outbreak has pushed Turkey to take necessary precautions, said Fahrettin Koca at a news conference in the capital Ankara.

“Our citizens who were planning to go abroad should either cancel their travel plans or postpone it. The risk is serious,” he said.

He went on to say that the country’s health facilities were fully prepared to deal with the outbreak.

“We have medicines in our stocks. We ordered some medications three weeks ago. This was

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