Turkey will suspend flights with nine European countries including France, Germany and Spain, the Minister for Transport said Friday as part of Ankara’s bid to curb the spread of the latest 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.
Flight connections to China, Iran, Iraq, Italy and South Korea are also prohibited.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the number of COVID-19 cases rose to five, all linked to the first case confirmed Wednesday of a man who had returned from Europe.
Turkey has already ordered schools to close Monday for two weeks, and colleges to take a three-week break.
Sporting activities will also take place before the end of April, without spectators.