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People wearing masks to help protect against the spread of COVID-19, walk along a busy shopping street, in Ankara. Image Credit: AP

Ankara: Turkey has recorded 15 cases of the new strain of the coronavirus, which was firstly detected in the United Kingdom, national Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said.

"15 people, who had arrived from the United Kingdom, have been diagnosed with the UK mutation of the coronavirus. The travels from this country to Turkey are temporarily banned," the minister said in a statement on late Friday.

Within the past 24 hours, Turkey has confirmed 1,908 new coronavirus cases, with 212 fatalities.

In mid-December, the United Kingdom discovered the new strain of the coronavirus, which is 70 percent more transmissible than other SARS-CoV-2 variants. The spread of the new strain urged many countries to boost coronavirus-linked restrictions.