Flight attendant placed in quarantine in Istanbul for coronavirus

A flight attendant in Istanbul is reportedly under quarantine on suspicion of being infected by the novel coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 420 lives since the first case was reported in China.

According to Deutsche Welle Turkce, a Turkish woman who is a flight attendant recently traveled to the country from China was admitted to a hospital in Istanbul’s Beylikduzu district showing fever symptoms on Tuesday.

The report did not specify for which airline she worked.

Turkish Airlines suspended all flights to China on January 31.

Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said all flights from China would be suspended until the end of February.

According to recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Chinese authorities, there are a total of 20,679 cases worldwide, 20,485 of which are from mainland China. At least 65 have died in the past 24 hours alone.

The second reported death caused by the virus outside of mainland China came from Hong Kong when a 39-year-old man succumbed to the virus on Tuesday.

The virus has spread to two dozen countries that confirmed cases of the virus, in an outbreak that has shaken the global markets, as many countries canceled air travel to and from China, while the major cities in the country itself are in states of complete and partial lockdown.

The World Health Organization on January 31 declared a global emergency to curb the spread of the 2019-nCoV virus.

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