Coronavirus-related passenger controls are already underway at Václav Havel Airport Prague.
Today afternoon, Prague Airport placed an information sign at the terminals describing what people should do when they arrive from the affected area and feel signs of illness.
PM Babiš said random checks are already being carried out at the airport, focusing on people who are showing symptoms of the disease. The screening of passengers is also taking place. “It checks whether one of the passengers shows signs of respiratory disease,” Babis added.
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The coronavirus is part of the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which claimed lives of more than 700 people in 2002 and 2003.
Czech authorities have ordered airport managers to start screening incoming passengers from China, looking for fevers, coughs, breathing difficulties and sore throats. People with suspected infections will be quarantined at an infectious disease hospital.
Two passengers from Doha, Qatar, were brought on Sunday to Bulovka hospital. “The coronavirus was not confirmed in these passengers,” said Eva Gottvaldova’s, Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic.
At least 48 million people were ordered on lockdown in central China with a travel ban covering 15 cities in the central Hubei province, where the virus was first encountered.
Infections have been confirmed in France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, and the United States.
Here’s what we know so far:
When did it start?
The first cases of nCoV were revealed by Chinese state media on December 31, after 44 people from the Chinese city of Wuhan were confirmed to be infected. Initial reports referred to the disease as “mystery viral pneumonia,” as infected people exhibited flu-like symptoms like persistent coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing.
Where did it come from?
The infections started in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a city of 11 million. It is the capital of China’s Hubei province and also serves as a major transport hub in the country. There are fears that the virus might spread as many people travel across the country during the Chinese New Year.