Istanbul starts health, permit inspections on passengers arriving, leaving

Istanbul Traffic Police have started health inspections, as well as travel permit checks on passengers coming into the city, as well as those leaving, Governor Ali Yerlikaya said March 29. While all passengers’ body temperature is checked, those who require it will be placed under quarantine, Yerlikaya added.

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Istanbul Traffic Police has started health inspections of passengers going in and out of the metropolis March 29, in an attempt to slow down the spread of the coronavirus in the city of almost 20 million residents. 

“There are health checks at all entrances and exits of the city,” said Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya in a tweet.

Police officers checked for bus passengers’ travel permission slips and refused entry to passengers who lacking a permit.

Meanwhile, the staff of the Istanbul Health Directorate checked car passengers’ temperatures and reportedly sent any passengers with a fever to the hospital in ambulances. 

“Any passengers who require it will be placed under quarantine for 14 days,” said Yerlikaya in his tweet. 

Turkey’s Interior Ministry placed limitations on intercity bus travel, along with increased inspections March 27. 

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A passenger's body temperature is revealed as 36.1 celsius.