Sunday, January 19, 2020

Flu fear: Mumbai Airport to do thermal scanning of passengers coming from China

New Delhi: All passengers flying into Mumbai from China will have to undergo a thermal screening “as a matter of precaution”, due to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan city of Hubei province. Airport health officials (APHO) teams at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) have activated a health counter and thermal scanners at the pre-immigration area for arriving passengers.
Mumbai currently has two airlines — Air China and Rwand Air — with flights to and from China.
“The airport has now expanded its existing passenger safety measures in compliance with the latest directive given by the World Health Organization (WHO) in case if any traveler is detected with the symptom. The concerned passenger will be immediately shifted to the isolation hospital earmarked for CSMIA on advice of the APHO team. The airport will share a daily report with the ministry on the scanning of passengers,” a statement issued by CSMIA said.
“As reported by Chinese authorities, this is a new type of coronavirus and is different from all other human coronaviruses. WHO has reported symptoms such as fever, difficulty in breathing and chest radiographs showing bilateral lung infiltrates as the cause of the pneumonia,” it added.
18/01/20 Times of India
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