Turkey bans flights to 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE

Police officers secure the area as pilgrims arrive from the airport to be quarantined in university dormitories outside Ankara on March 15, 2020. (AP)

Turkey will impose flight bans to six more countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, making the total number of countries 20, the country’s health minister announced on Monday.

Switzerland, Egypt, the United Kingdom, and Ireland would also be added to the list, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters.

Turkey has identified a total to 18 coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday. The government has ramped up measures to halt the spread of the virus, closing schools and universities, as well as holding sports events without spectators.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06