Turkey cuts flights with 9 European countries over virus

Turkey will halt flights with nine European countries, including France, Germany and Spain, the transport minister said Friday, as part of Ankara's bid to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

"From 8:00 am (0500 GMT) tomorrow, Saturday, flights will be stopped until April 17 to Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands," Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan told reporters in Ankara.

There is already a ban on connections with China, Iran, Iraq, Italy and South Korea.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the number of COVID-19 cases rose to five, all linked to the first case announced Wednesday of a man who returned from Europe.

Turkey has already ordered schools to close for two weeks from Monday and universities to take a three-week holiday.

Sporting events will also take place without spectators until the end of April.

© 2020 AFP

Citation: Turkey cuts flights with 9 European countries over virus (2020, March 13) retrieved 8 December 2023 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-03-turkey-flights-european-countries-virus.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Follow the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Feedback to editors