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Wuhan coronavirus: Airports around world start screening passengers from China

Christian Fernsby |
Airports around the world have started screening passengers arriving from China including Hong Kong for oronavirus.

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Coronavirus, which started spreading from animals to humans, is capable of human to human transmission.

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that all the passengers arriving from China at seven airports will be screened for the virus.

In addition to the previously announced Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata airports, passengers will also undergo thermal screening at Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin airports.

Airports in Russia have also commenced the screening of travellers who arrive from China to detect passengers who might have been infected by the coronavirus.

Reuters reported that airports in Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk have commenced the screening measures.

In Wuhan, China has implemented thermal scanning for people departing the airports. Japan and Hong Kong have also alerted the airports regarding the virus.

Following a directive from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ‘enhanced health screenings’ were launched at three airports: San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) on 17 January.

The US registered its first case of the virus on 21 January in Seattle, Washington. The patient returned from Wuhan on 15 January. Screening has also been launched at Atlanta and Chicago airports.

South Korea, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Australia, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia have also adopted various measures at the airports to identify infected passengers.

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