Some 30,000 Turkish citizens are in quarantine after returning from abroad as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, an official said on Thursday.

A total of 29,284 citizens are in quarantine at dormitories across 76 provinces, said Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu.

Kasapoglu also said that 34,452 citizens were released from quarantine after completing the mandatory 14-day period.

Upon the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey repatriated nearly 25,000 citizens from 59 countries ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The Turkish government has brought back around 60,000 nationals from various countries since the start of the pandemic.

Turkey currently has 117,589 coronavirus cases, while the death toll in the country stands at 3,081, and a total of 44,040 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus.

The pandemic has killed more than 227,800 people worldwide and infected over 3.2 million, while at least 982,800 have recovered, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Faruk Zorlu

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