Turkish Airlines passengers with tickets to Italy are being refused returns or changes to their itineraries on the grounds that there haven't been any official commands to halt travels to the European nation.
A kindergarten in the lot of Ankara's quarantine hospital was left open, putting some 120 kids between three and six at the risk of coronavirus infection. The kindergarten in the lot of Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital re-opened after the release f the Turkish citizens returning from Wuhan and remains open as the 132 Turkish citizens from Iran were quarantined in the hospital.
Turkey's Ankara Municipality has increased cleaning measures in for public transportation hubs and vehicles amid the coronavirus outbreak that's killed 15 people in the neighboring state of Iran. Routine leaning operations for the busy hubs and vehicles will include disinfection from now, municipal health director Seyfettin Aslan said.
Respiratory masks have become a street commodity in Turkey's southeastern province of Van, neighboring Iran where coronavirus has killed 15. Street vendors sell the masks at 10 times their original price, asking for 10 Turkish Liras for masks that used to be sold for 1TL, 20 TL for masks originally sold for 2 TL or 3 TL.
Turkish passengers and crew members on a flight from Tehran that landed after a diversion in Ankara showed no evidence of coronavirus infection, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Feb. 25. All 140 people on the plane will be kept under quarantine for 14 days in Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital.
The Turkish civil aviation authority said on Feb. 26 all commercial flights between Turkey and Iran have been suspended amid coronavirus outbreak. Passenger-free Iranian carriers will be allowed to come to Turkey and transport only Iranian passengers back to Iran.
Governments across the world are starting to use more fiscal firepower to boost economies as the coronavirus outbreak is taking a toll on the global economy. Also, central banks across the world have announced that they are “closely monitoring” the risk from the coronavirus outbreak, as investors increasingly expect the Fed to lower interest rates by 25 basis points next month.
The Turkish Medical Association has formed a special committee to oversee preventative measures against the coronavirus outbreak that killed 12 in neighboring Iran as of Feb. 24. The association also called on the Health Ministry to inform the public and increase the stock of protective gear for medical staff at the border.
Turkey has been on alert due to the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in neighboring Iran. Iran on Feb. 23 confirmed 15 new cases of the new coronavirus, taking the total to 43 with a death toll of eight. Most of the infections have been in the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom. Health Minister Koca said that Iranians who visited Qom in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Turkey.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has hindered the import of Chinese sunflower seeds to the central Anatolian province of Kayseri. While stocks are used up and no imports are expected soon, vendors predict sunflower seed prices to increase up to double the current 20 Turkish Liras per kilo.