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Immigration Police join efforts at airports to prevent spread of Wuhan virus

Jan 27. 2020
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By THE NATION

Immigration Police are working with the Department of Disease Control and Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) in monitoring major airports to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Pol Colonel Cherngron Rimphadee, deputy spokesman of Immigration Police, said: “We have assigned separate bays for planes arriving from Wuhan and Guangzhou to screen infected travellers at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai international airports,” he said. “Furthermore, to ensure the safety of immigration staff who have to be in contact with over 60,000 passengers daily, we have come up with measures to prevent the spreading of germs and viruses.”

The measures announced by Immigration Police are as follows:

➤ Enforce an hourly cleanup of passenger screening areas, including the passport checking booths, form filling counters, as well as equipments that have direct contact with passengers, with disinfectant and alcohol spray.

➤ All immigration police and airport staff must wear masks and gloves while working or communicating with passengers.

➤ Disinfectant dispensers will be provided at passport checking booths and passengers will be encouraged to clean their hands before entering the booths.

➤ Passengers’ behaviour will be closely monitored and those who display flu symptoms, such as frequent sneezing and coughing, will be separated from the public. The Department of Disease Control staff will be asked to check their condition.

➤ Managers and commanders must monitor their subordinates’ condition and alert medical staff immediately if they display abnormality.

Furthermore, the AOT has installed thermo-scanners at screening points of passengers from cities on the watch list as per International Civil Aviation Organization standards, the deputy spokesman added.

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