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Coronavirus: Temperature screening for domestic flight passengers at Sabah airports

07/02/2020 07:15 PM

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 7 -- Temperature screenings at all Sabah airports will now involve domestic flight passengers, said Sabah Health and People's Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon.

He said Sabah is tightening the necessary preventive measures against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and all passengers entering Sabah on domestic flights from places such as Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Labuan will also be subjected to temperature screenings upon arrival.

"The suspected cases will be sent for further examination and if they are confirmed, isolation treatment will be carried out accordingly," he said in a statement here, today.

Poon said the relevant temperature screening measures for domestic flights have been implemented at  the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Tawau Airport, while Sandakan Airport is currently mobilising personnel to perform this task.

He said the Sabah Health Department's front-line officials or medical staff stationed at Sabah airports will distribute a "Home Assessment Tool" to in-bound passengers of international flights entering Sabah as a guide for them to conduct self-assessment.

Poon said the tool also promotes ways to maintain personal hygiene and cleanliness, and suggested that people with fever, cough and/or sore throat who develop symptoms such as breathing difficulties get medical advice from a nearby hospital.

He said the Sabah Health Department has increased its officials and medical staff to strengthen the front-line preventive measures at the airport.

“A comprehensive anti-epidemic deployment must be in place to prevent novel coronavirus from entering our communities,” he said, adding that the situation in Sabah was under control.


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