Plane carrying 42 evacuees from China's Wuhan arrives in Turkey

A military cargo plane carrying 42 people evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, landed in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday.

All of the passengers of the plane,  32 Turks and 10 Azerbaijani, Albanian and Georgian nationals, are reportedly in good health, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. 

Turkey sent the military cargo plane to bring back the 42 people on Thursday, announcing that all, including the crew, will now be put under quarantine in hospital in Ankara for 14 days.

The oxygen levels and body temperatures of all evacuees are normal, Anadolu said citing healthcare professionals.

As of Saturday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in China grew to 11,822 with 259 deaths. Around two dozen other countries have reported more than 130 cases. The disease with pneumonia-like symptoms has led to mass evacuations of foreign citizens as world airlines halt flights.

The World Health Organization has called for governments to prepare for “domestic outbreak control” if the disease spreads in their countries.