Authorities are prepared to quarantine risky patients from China, should they arrive in Turkey, the country's health minister said Wednesday.
"The coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China is not of any particular risk to Turkey," Fahrettin Koca said during an interview to state agency Anadolu.
"The World Health Organization (WHO) did not recommend thermal cameras for Turkey, but we took all precautions anyway, including thermal cameras."Officials confirmed the new coronavirus outbreak took nine lives and that it could spread between humans, stoking fears of a global pandemic and reviving memories of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - another coronavirus that killed nearly 800 people in 2002-03.The World Health Organisation has said that the coronavirus outbreak was likely to spread.
There have been five cases in the national capital Beijing.
Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Beyond China, Thailand has reported two cases and South Korea one, all involving Chinese travellers from Wuhan.
Japan and Taiwan also confirmed one case each, both involving nationals who had been to Wuhan.