Turkey: Quarantiners leave notes to thank officials

People quarantined in northwestern Turkey, including Turkish nationals brought back to their country amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, left heartfelt letters in the dormitories where they were held under isolation before being allowed to go home.

Upon the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey repatriated nearly 25,000 of the nation’s citizens from 59 other countries ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Around 2,000 Turkish nationals who were brought back to the country were being held under quarantine in student dormitories across the northwestern province of Sakarya, along with police officers newly appointed to the province.

Dormitory staff found letters in returnees’ rooms, expressing their gratitude after they were allowed to leave following their final health checks.

– ‘We were provided with everything we needed, and more’

“I have to say one thing, we were provided with everything we needed during quarantine and more. The books they gave us were very valuable to me. They were not randomly chosen books,” wrote Kubra Ates, who came from the UK, in her letter. 

She said she was happy to be home, and that the “safest place in the world is one’s own country.”

“I hope we all come out of this difficult situation soon. We’re grateful for your services to us.”

Tugba Yavuz, who also left a letter, said she believed the pandemic would soon improve, and that this was what kept her going during quarantine. “Thank you for your hospitality, this country is grateful to you,” she wrote in her letter.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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