ANKARA: As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines, Turkey is set to bring back nearly 25,000 expats from 59 countries so they can spend the holy month of Ramazan at home with their families.
Speaking on Twitter, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Turkey has always stood by its people regardless of their location amid the pandemic, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the globe.
Oktay said the Turkish nation and state are determined to face down the coronavirus crisis with the help of the country’s fellowship and solidarity.
Ramazan is due to start on April 24.
China's Wuhan raises virus death toll by 1,290, up 50
So far, the novel coronavirus has claimed 1,643 lives in Turkey, with registered cases topping 74,000. The country has already repatriated tens of thousands of Turkish nationals living abroad.
After originating in Wuhan, China last December, Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread to at least 185 countries and regions across the world, with its epicentre shifting to Europe and the United States.
The pandemic has killed over 145,000 people and infected some 2.16 million, while more than 548,000 have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.