Dubai will screen all passengers arriving on direct flights from China to help prevent spreading the coronavirus outbreak in China. The flu-like virus has already killed 17 since it was first spotted a week ago.
Passengers arriving at Dubai International will be thermally screened according to Dubai Airports.
The news comes ahead of the Chinese New Year this Saturday, with millions of Chinese expecting to travel the world. And as Dubai is such a huge global travel hub, the authorities are being extra careful about any possible contact.
In total there are 90 weekly flights to Chinese cities via Emirates, with nearly four million Chinese tourists expected annually. And with Chinese New Year approaching this Saturday, there could be a record number of Chinese people travelling.
“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,” Dubai Airports said.
Dubai quick to react
The virus first appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and can be spread by human contact. It’s since spread, with three Chinese cities on a transport lock-down. And the UAE has reacted fast to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus from China to Dubai.
The National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics said they were ready to deal with any 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. It was confirmed today that the UAE is completely free of Coronavirus.
“The health situation poses no grounds for concern and the ministry is closely following up on the situation to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”