Turkey isolates 4,603 passengers from Britain over new COVID-19 strain


ISTANBUL, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — Turkey identified and isolated a total of 4,603 passengers, arriving from Britain after Dec. 14, over the concerns of the new strain of COVID-19, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Tuesday.

“All passengers were isolated in their residences or hotels,” Koca said in a tweet, noting that their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are carried out under the coordination of the General Directorate of Public Health.

The minister also noted that 335 travelers, arriving from Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa on Sunday night, were subjected to health checks and PCR tests upon their arrival.

“They were all confined even they tested negative for COVID-19,” Koca added.

On Sunday night, Turkey banned all flights from these countries after the emergence of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID-19. Enditem