Minister: “6 Azerbaijani citizens return from China's Wuhan by Turkish plane” - UPDATED

Minister: “6 Azerbaijani citizens return from China's Wuhan by Turkish plane” - UPDATED
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Health Minister of Turkey Fahrettin Koca has commented on passengers of the plane left Saturday after evacuating citizens from Wuhan, China, the city at the heart of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, APA’s Turkish bureau reports.

The Minister stated that there are 42 passengers on the plane. Of them, 32 are Turkish citizens, 6 Azerbaijani citizens, the rest are Russian and Georgian citizens.

Note that the plane took off after landing in Mongolia's capital to refuel.

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A cargo plane with 42 passengers left Saturday after evacuating Turkish citizens from Wuhan, China, the city at the heart of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Evacuees to be quarantined for 14 days in line with coronavirus incubation period

Eleven military personnel, six health employees, two journalists and one foreign ministry representative are on board the plane that arrived at 6 a.m. local time (2200GMT) in Wuhan.

The evacuees were screened by Turkish health experts using a team of six experts assigned to run blood tests and scan the health conditions to eliminate the potential risk in Turkey.

If any passengers shows any symptom during the flight they will be taken to a special section area inside the plane.

Once in Turkey, all aboard will be transferred to a hospital in Ankara where they will be in quarantine for 14 days in line with the virus’ incubation period.

All evacuees were informed about the process in Turkey.

Turkish citizens were happy about being inside the plane and some expressed gratitude to Turkey.

"Our foreign ministry and embassy in China spent too much effort to take us back to our country, we had very difficult times here, we felt desperate. I am very happy about being here at this moment," said one Turkish passenger to Anadolu Agency.

The plane also delivered medical equipment to China that was dispatched by Turkey’s state-run aid and development agency (TIKA) and Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The coronavirus, so named because under the microscope it resembles a crown, has killed at least 259 people in China with nearly 12,000 infected. More than 118,000 people are under medical observation.

Since its outbreak late last year, China has put Wuhan under lockdown in a bid to contain the virus and is building a 1,000-bed hospital to treat those affected.

Beyond China, the virus has spread to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, France, Vietnam and Canada.

Travelers from China are being screened for the virus at airports worldwide. Several airlines have suspended flights to Wuhan.

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