Over 60,000 return home following quarantine

Over 60,000 return home following quarantine

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Over 60,000 return home following quarantine

More than 60,000 people in Turkey have completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine period at designated student dormitories, the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on May 11. 

The agency said that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 70,672 people across 77 provinces have been quarantined. Most of them had returned from abroad.

It added that a total of 60,385 completed the quarantine period and were released after testing negative for COVID-19.

The return of the quarantiners to their homes was free of charge and coordinated by AFAD. Some 2,011 AFAD personnel have served during the quarantine and release process.

The agency added that it had supported social support groups known as Vefa with nearly 1,100 personnel and 446 vehicles.

They have so far spent more than 71 million Turkish liras (over $10 million) for senior citizens and patients of chronic illnesses, who are at particular risk due to the virus.

After Turkey declared a partial curfew for seniors and those with chronic diseases in March, the Interior Ministry established the Vefa groups to help the public, particularly those who live alone.