Turkey’s Beijing embassy issued a public health warning on Wednesday for Turkish citizens living in or travelling to China regarding the newly emerging coronavirus from Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.
The statement urged Turkish citizens to follow warnings and statements by the Chinese government and World Health Organisation (WHO), stay away from crowds, and avoid coming into contact with living or dead animals.
The virus may cause respiratory problems and pneumonia, and belongs to the same family as the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the statement said.
Citizens should also stay away from slaughterhouses and meat markets, wash hands frequently and consume well done animal products, it said.
China has put Wuhan under lockdown due to the virus that has killed 18 people and infected over 600, Reuters reported.
The first death outside of Hubei occurred on Wednesday, when an 80-year-old man lost his life in Hebei.
The virus is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in Wuhan late last year.