Turkey announces first death from coronavirus: Health ministry

Turkish citizens and crew members returning from coronavirus-hit Iran are dispatched to Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital by for a 14-day-quarantine in Ankara, Turkey, on February 25, 2020. (AFP)

Turkey confirmed early on Wednesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact with China, the epicentre of the global outbreak.

Turkey diagnosed 51 more cases on Tuesday, he said.

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