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Turkey to quarantine more than 10,000 Umrah pilgrims

March 16, 2020 at 1:43 pm

Pilgrims perform Umrah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [UmmSqueaky/Flickr]

Turkey is preparing to quarantine more than 10,000 passengers who have returned from Umrah, the health minister announced yesterday.

The move comes after the country announced the first case of the coronavirus last week, and is part of its effort to stem the spread of the infection. The number of those infected has risen to 18 after 12 news cases were reported yesterday.

“Every detected case and every isolation is a security measure for all of us,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Pilgrims who returned from Umrah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night have been placed in separate rooms as part of coronavirus quarantine measures, the minister announced.

Ali Erbas, head of Turkish Religious Affairs, said at least 5,300 passengers returned from Umrah yesterday.

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