Coronavirus: Screening of passengers needed at airport, says Bandar Kuching MP

Dr Yii speaking to reporters.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Jan 25: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii has urged the Health Ministry to tighten Sarawak borders by conducting temperature checks on passengers arriving at all the airports in the state.

In light of the three positive Wuhan virus cases in Malaysia, Dr Yii stressed that all precautionary measures must be taken into account.

“We support the ministry’s initiative to mobilise their safety protocol in terms of isolation section, as well as to detect all the people arriving into Malaysia.

“We need more sensors in our airports to make sure the virus do not spread,” he told reporters at the Chinese New Year Open House of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen here today.

He advised airport authorities to look out for symptoms such as coughing and breathing difficulty, as well as checking temperatures of each passenger with an infrared thermometer.

The Coronavirus has symptoms like those of the common cold, and are spread through sneezing, coughing, or direct contact, he continued.

“The authorities must pull out all the stops to prevent the virus from spreading into the country.

“At the same time, members of the public must stay alert and take precaution as well, such as wash your hands as often as possible and avoid going to crowded public places. I know it is difficult at this moment especially with the Chinese New Year celebration,” Dr Yii said.

He advised the people, especially those who visited China recently, to immediately seek medical treatment if they feel that they are coming down with an illness. — DayakDaily