China Coronavirus: Dubai and Abu Dhabi Airports to Start Thermal Screening of Travellers
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China Coronavirus: Dubai and Abu Dhabi Airports to Start Thermal Screening of Travellers

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Airports will be screening passengers arriving in the emirates via direct flights from China to prevent the outbreak of a new coronavirus.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Airports will be conducting the thermal screening of passengers arriving directly from China. The decision was taken by UAE’s aviation regulator, under the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, after at least 17 people were reported to have died from a new cornoavirus virus in China. Dubai Airports said all travellers arriving in the emirate on direct flights from China would also be receiving information leaflets. Their screening will take place at secured, closed gates at Dubai International Airport. It will be conducted by Dubai Health Authority and the Airport Medical Centre team.

Around 3.68 million Chinese passengers travelled via Dubai International Airport in 2019. Many more are expected to visit the city soon as the UAE begins to host massive Chinese New Year celebrations.

Airport authorities in Abu Dhabi also took to Twitter to make a similar announcement, saying, “"Abu Dhabi International Airport has started a screening process for passengers arriving from China in an effort to ensure the health and safety of all of our travellers."

The move comes one day after the UAE announced it was “completely free” from coronavirus. The UAE Embassy in China also took to Twitter to share an article on how the country is taking 'strictest measures' to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.

The National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics has said in a statement that the country has a plan in place to deal with the outbreak of the virus. It said, "The UAE has an effective integrated system and plans for emergency and crisis to address public health risks and the country is in constant touch with the World Health Organisation, WHO, to find out the latest updates, recommendations and procedures taken in this matter. The health situation pose no grounds for concern and the ministry is closely following up on the situation to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

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