Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed Wednesday that there are no signs of the deadly novel coronavirus in passengers who arrived from Iran.

Some 132 Turkish citizens arrived in the capital Ankara on Tuesday after they were evacuated from Iran, where 15 deaths from the coronavirus have been confirmed.

Koca stressed that the decision to quarantine them was taken in line with recommendations from the Health Ministry’s scientific committee in terms of not taking risks because four of the passengers had cold symptoms and others had visited the city of Qom, the epicenter of the virus in Iran.


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