Amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China, Mumbai airport authorities have decided to screen all passengers coming from the neighbouring country. The thermal screening is being conducted as a precautionary measure. The move will affect passengers of Chinese carrier Air China and African airline Rwanda Air which fly to Mumbai.
Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said the Airport Health Organisation (APHO) team in Mumbai has activated a health counter and thermal scanners at the pre-immigration area for all passengers arriving from China. The measure is in compliance with the latest directives issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) to detect if any traveller is afflicted by the symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Mumbai airport is the first one in India to have seven ambulances, including three with advanced life-support system, available round-the-clock on its premises. It is also the only airport with over 100 automated external defibrillators and a 10-bed mini-hospital. Besides, it also has agreements with more than 20 hospitals to handle medical emergencies.
The WHO has warned that there could be more cases of coronavirus in other parts of China and even other countries. According to local media reports, there are around 300 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in China so far. Majority of the patients are from Hubei province, home to the central city of Wuhan.