Turkey’s embassy in Beijing warned its citizens on Thursday against traveling to China due to an emerging severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus.

The coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, was identified in December in the city of Wuhan, China, which has a population of 11 million.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and heavy breathing.

The embassy in its statement made recommendations to Turkish citizens living in China, or those who were traveling there.

It recommended avoiding crowded environments, wearing protective masks outdoors and avoiding contact with patients showing symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness

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