Coronavirus China
Coronavirus China

Did these parents ‘abandon their sick kids’ at an airport in China due to the coronavirus?

An eye-witness account alleges that two parents left their children at an airport in China. The parents were cleared to fly, but one of the children was showing Coronavirus symptoms and wasn’t allowed to fly.

The Coronavirus has caused panic, confusion, illness and over 50 deaths since it first appeared in China over a week ago.

And one eye-witness has apparently caught the intense drama and rising panic on camera.

Home alone in China?

Using Chinese social media site Weibo, one user wrote that they’d seen a child left behind at Nanjing Lukou International Airport.

The parents were allowed on the flight, but the young boy apparently had a fever and wasn’t allowed to fly. After three hours of arguing that the boy wasn’t sick, the parents reportedly boarded the plane. Leaving the sick child and his sibling behind for airline staff to look after.

Coronavirus update

At least 56 people have died and 2,000 people have contracted the Coronavirus since it emerged in China over a week ago. Ground zero for the outbreak is thought to be Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.

Several Chinese cities including Wuhan are on a complete lock-down. Meanwhile, Dubai airports have confirmed they’re screening all flights from China in a bid to stop the virus from spreading.

Officials believe that many people will have the infection but not show any symptoms. Which is why the virus has spread so quickly and why officials are trying to halt the outbreak as fast as possible. Health officials currently estimate the incubation period as between one and 14 days. Symptoms include a sore throat, fever, cough and trouble breathing.

Without symptoms, a person may not know they have the infection, but still be able to spread it.

The World Health Organisation has updated its guidelines on international travel.