Turkey has currently been quarantining nearly 14,000 citizens who came from abroad as part of measures to stem the spread of novel coronavirus, an official said on Saturday.

A total of 13,968 citizens are under quarantine at the dormitories across 63 provinces, said Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu who oversees student dormitories in the country.

Kasapoglu also said that 17,504 citizens were released from quarantine after completing the mandatory 14-day period.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 185 countries and regions.

The pandemic has killed over 103,500 people, and infected

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