Saudi Arabia monitoring all passengers arriving from China for coronavirus

A traveler wears a mask as he pushes a cart with luggage at the Dubai International Airport. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has been monitoring all passengers who arrived on flights from China for coronavirus, given that the incubation period of the deadly virus is 14 days, the Kingdom’s Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia advised its citizens on Friday against traveling to China due to the outbreak, according to the Kingdom’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Kingdom has activated infection control measures, prepped health facilities, and began screening all passengers who arrived on direct and non-direct flights from China, he added.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak level of the virus, also known as corona, as a global health emergency, as the death toll reached 212 people with almost 10,000 others having been infected.

The minister also said that all passengers who arrived from China were being monitored, and were isolated until doctors could prove that they had not been infected or exposed to the virus.

There have been no recorded cases of the deadly coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, al-Rabiah added.

Countries in the Arabian Gulf and across the world have been taking precautionary measures to ensure that the lethal virus is contained, and have issued travel warnings.

Corona has spread to over 20 countries, including the UAE, the US, China, Japan, India, Canada, among several others.

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Last Update: Saturday, 01 February 2020 KSA 09:01 - GMT 06:01
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