coronavirus pandemic

Turkey confirms first cases of new UK strain of coronavirus

15 people quarantined after travelling to the UK have tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus.

Turkish authorities confirmed on Friday the first cases of the new coronavirus strain that emerged in the UK, which has led to the suspension of all entries from that country, as announced by the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca.

“In the investigations carried out on January 1 as a result of the coronavirus mutation in the United Kingdom, the new variant was detected in 15 people who entered our country from the UK. The necessary measures have been taken; all entries from the UK have been temporarily suspended,” Koca said via Twitter, adding that all cases and his close contacts are under control and quarantine.

Last week Turkey had already announced the suspension of all flights with the United Kingdom after the British government confirmed that the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged in the London area, and that it is a 70 % more contagious, was “out of control“.

Although WHO insists that there is no indication that the new coronavirus strain emerged in the UK is more deadly, following the suspension of flights with the United Kingdom a total of 4,603 people who had entered Turkey from that country were placed under mandatory quarantine. In addition, Turkish authorities also require from December 30, 2020 a negative PCR test to all foreigners travelling to the country, regardless of their origin.