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Coronavirus eveacuees board plane to Turkey wearing protective suits

Medical workers prepared Turkish, Azerbaijani, Georgian and Albanian citizens for evacuation from Wuhan, China on Saturday morning (February 1) ahead of their journey to Turkey. 

The evacuees were dressed in protective suits and masks before they took their seats, and health officials said both the crew and passengers will be put under quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Turkey.

On Wednesday (January 29), Turkey’s ambassador to China confirmed 32 Turkish citizens would be evacuated from Wuhan in the coming days, and said none of them had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Wuhan was the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected thousands and killed more than 250 people.

Nearly 10,000 flights have been suspended since the outbreak began, according to travel and data analytics firm Cirium.

Many nations have put on special charter flights to repatriate citizens from China.

(Production: Omer Berberoglu, Fintan McDonnell)

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