The Dubai International Airport.


Dubai airport to begin screening passengers for coronavirus


DUBAI – Passengers on flights from China will be screened on arrival at the Dubai International Airport following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in China.

Dubai Airports said on Thursday (January 23) that it will conduct thermal screening of passengers as part of directives from the UAE aviation authority.

“All passengers arriving on direct flights from the People’s Republic of China must receive thermal screening at the gate upon arrival and be provided with informational leaflets,” according to Dubai Airports. “The screening will be conducted on secured, closed gates at the airport by Dubai Health Authority and its Airport Medical Centre team.”

The UAE joins Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other countries that have implemented screening measures at their airports as the coronavirus spread.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said it is closely monitoring the situation and reassured that all precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that the outbreak does not pose any risk to the UAE public health. The Ministry assured that there are no cases of coronavirus in the UAE.

In a statement, the National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics said that the UAE is ready in case of a possible outbreak here.

“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 committee said.

“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,” it said. Hospitals across the UAE have also said they are prepared to identify and treat coronavirus cases.

The new virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. Authorities have shut down a seafood market in Wuhan as part of investigations.

The virus has reportedly spread to five countries: Thaiiland, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US. More than 570 people have been infected and 17 people have died. ICA/Expat Media

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