ANKARA

Turkey’s president on Thursday postponed foreign visits amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visits abroad will be postponed “for a while,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters at a press conference following a five-hour meeting at the presidential complex on the novel coronavirus.

Kalin also announced that primary, middle and high schools in the country would be closed for a week starting March 16.

Universities will also be closed for three weeks starting March 16, he said.

In addition, middle and high school students will receive remote education beginning on March 23 as part of precautions

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