How airlines and airports are dealing with China's deadly virus
NEW DELHI: Airports and airlines are taking steps to protect staff and passengers amid growing concern over the outbreak of a new virus that originates in the Chinese city of Wuhan . At least nine people have died and hundreds more have been infected, including the first confirmed case in the US. UU.
The alarm level increases as coronavirus China extends said it will conduct a nationwide evaluation and improve monitoring of transport links for lunar new year vacations, which begin later this week. That complicates efforts to contain the virus, as hundreds of millions of people travel during the period, the largest annual migration of humans on the planet. People who have symptoms such as fever at travel control points are being detained to board planes and trains.
Hong Kong: The City Airport Authority said that planes arriving from Wuhan, approximately two hours away, will be stationed in a designated area and that a cleaning contractor will disinfect the terminal where passengers arrive from the city, which is the capital from Hubei. Province. Cleaning and disinfection at the airport will also intensify as a whole, he said.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd flag airline, in response to complaints from its cabin crew union about the risk of catastrophic infection, said Wednesday that staff could wear protective face masks on flights to China if they wish. The airline also waives the charges for change of reservation, change of route and reimbursement of all tickets issued before January 21 to travel to or from Wuhan between January 21 and February 15.
South Korea: Korean Air Lines Co provides dangerous material suits for the crew on airplanes and plans to disinfect airplanes that fly to Wuhan daily, rather than monthly. The country confirmed its first infection on Monday.
North Korea: The county has temporarily closed its borders to all foreign tourists as a precaution against the virus, according to travel agent Young Pioneer Tours. Our travel partners in North Korea have not yet confirmed more details, he said.
Singapore: Changi Airport is increasing surveillance of all passengers in China, rather than just those arriving from Wuhan. The low-cost airline Scoot said it has made arrangements to distribute a health warning to all passengers arriving from Wuhan. Disinfectants, hand sanitizers and surgical masks are supplied on all flights in China. Scoot said it has an aircraft disinfection protocol for flights where suspicious cases have been reported.
Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country will intensify quarantine and testing, while health minister Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday that health questionnaires would be given to passengers arriving from Wuhan by plane and that people should report to the authorities if they don't feel well when they arrive.
India: Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharak International Airport has increased surveillance measures. Delhi airport staff is checking passengers entering from the affected areas, it said in a statement.
Australia: The health authorities will help the staff to control travelers returning from Wuhan.
Indonesia: Airports and airlines have been asked to take precautionary measures, such as the detection of international passengers with thermal scanners. Airlines must provide health documents and manifestos after landing, the Director General of Civil Aviation, Polana Pramesti, said in a statement.
Vietnam: According to a statement published on the government website, there is equipment to measure body temperature to control passengers at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, since monitoring will be increased during the holidays of the lunar new year, since There will be a greater number of flights.
UNITED KINGDOM: Heathrow spokesman Weston Macklem said the airport was awaiting instructions from public health authorities. British Airways Plc said it is monitoring the situation closely.
Italy: The health ministry said the procedures are in force at the Rome Fiumicino airport, which has direct flights to Wuhan, to verify symptomatic cases on flights arriving from the Chinese city. Passenger surveillance is being strengthened and arrivals will be subject to body temperature controls at the airport, he said.
Nigeria: The country's disease control center advised travelers coming from Wuhan to report to a medical center if they feel sick and said surveillance was intensified at all points of entry.
South Africa : The National Institute of Communicable Diseases recommended evaluating anyone who has recently visited Wuhan and has symptoms such as fever and cough.
WE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US UU. They implemented health exams for arrivals at San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles airports on January 17, and is expanding it to Atlanta and Chicago this week. The CDC said it is closely monitoring the outbreak and that there is ongoing research on the rapidly evolving situation.