The Department of Health and Social Services said Friday it had closed all airports in Turkey and the capital Ankara in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement came hours after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had shuttered two US airports in the country due to a coronaviruses coronaviral activity, citing a “high risk of coronavirence”.
Officials said a total of 23 countries in the world have been affected by the pandemic and more than 300,000 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.
At least 30,000 flights were cancelled in Turkey, according to the country’s Transport Ministry, and more flights were expected to be cancelled by Saturday morning.
The closure of Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport is part of a new nationwide quarantine, as the virus is still circulating and it has been difficult for authorities to get in touch with people who are infected.
Health Minister Ethem Sarın told reporters that the ban was intended to help reduce the spread of the virus and stop new cases from forming.
Officials were still checking the status of some 2,000 new cases, Sarıntar said.
Turkish Airlines said it was working to close the remaining international flights from Istanbul to the US.
In response to this, the company announced that it would also be halting all flights to the European Union from Istanbul, and its main routes.
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Cases in Turkey are on the rise and more are expected to arrive this weekend, said the ministry.
A number of cases have been recorded in Turkey over the past few days, while a number of people have died from the virus, it added.
Turkey has the highest number of confirmed coronavirochys cases in Europe and the region, with a total recorded of 3,049 cases, with 944 deaths, according the World Health Organization (WHO).
On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that he was confident that the coronas virus was in control.
“I am confident that all the infections will be curtailed as we work to bring the virus under control,” Davutuzoglu said at a press conference.
Meanwhile, health experts are warning that the disease is still spreading, with people returning from abroad having contracted the disease in their countries of origin.
More than 3,000 patients have been admitted to Istanbul’s hospitals with COVID-19, while more than 700 are still being treated, according TOV reports.
On Wednesday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that the virus had spread across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Europe, with more than 3.6 million people affected, according Health Ministry figures.
This is a very alarming development, said Dr. Selahattin Selcuk, chief medical officer of Istanbul General Hospital, adding that the country should not be left with a shortage of medical staff.
There are a lot of hospitals in Istanbul that are being flooded with patients with COIDS-19 who have to be taken to the hospitals in the evening, he said.
“We need to keep up the intensive care treatment.
We cannot keep this going and I hope the government is doing everything they can to make sure the patients get the best care possible.”
The virus has also spread in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with more people than in other countries being infected with the coronase virus.
It has also caused health issues in countries including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
People are being treated in the UAE for coronaviscosis and the World Bank has set up a coronatavirus support centre in the capital Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Mehmet Mardin, head of the World Medical Association (WMA), said coronavocida infections could be expected to increase in the coming days, adding more patients will be admitted to hospitals in other cities.
As the virus continues to spread, Dr Mardine said it would be important to get more data on people who have contracted COVID to ensure that they do not get infected.
“If you don’t have a lot in common with other people, you may not be a carrier of COVID,” he said in a statement.
According to Dr Merel Yildirim, a lecturer in infectious diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Istanbul, the coronapay virus can cause many complications including blindness, deafness, deaf-mute hearing, brain damage and pneumonia.
An infectious disease specialist from the University College Hospital in Istanbul, Dr Eren Elkan, said coronapacias can be very painful, and it is often difficult for doctors to detect the virus because it may be hiding