British couple self-isolating in Turkish car park after borders closed

A British couple who had set off on a round-the-world trip in a camper van are self-isolating in a car park in Istanbul after Turkey closed the borders due to the coronavirus outbreak, BBC said on Monday.

Chris and Marianne Fisher have been trapped in Turkey and have been staying in an overnight car park in Istanbul's historical Yenikapı district since March 22, the BBC said.

Turkey shut its borders with Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Greece and Bulgaria in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Its border with Armenia has been closed since 1993 in response to the Nagorno-Karabakh War and Syria border crossing is not an option for the couple due to the ongoing war in the country.

"It is just we are stuck. We literally cannot go forward and cannot go back, and the borders all closed behind us," BBC quoted Chris Fisher as saying.

Turkey on Wednesday confirmed 15 more deaths from the coronavirus and announced 561 new cases, raising the total number of people confirmed of being infected to 2,433. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has been found in all of the eight countries neighbouring Turkey.