Coronavirus: two temperature sensors for passengers installed at Tunis Carthage Airport
25/01/2020 18:36, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- Two temperature senors for passengers installed at Tunis Carthage Airport will help identify people coming from China suspected of having contracted the coronavirus, Basic Health Care Director at the Health Ministry Chokri Hammouda said Saturday.

In a statement to TAP, Hammouda indicated that travellers suspected of carrying the virus will be subjected to medical tests and examinations, specifying that other airports in the country will have similar facilities.

The results of the tests carried out on the suspects will then be transferred to the Charles Nicole Hospital. "Those who are confirmed to be infected will undergo the necessary treatment," he indicated, pointing out that the symptoms of the disease are mainly fever and cough.

The official said that airport medical teams and civil aviation officials had been informed of the lists of people coming from China so that they can take the necessary preventive measures, adding that "the health ministry will take further preventive measures in the next few days" and intends to distribute leaflets to raise awareness about the disease as of next week.

Acting Health Minister Sonia Bechikh chaired, Saturday, the fourth meeting in a week of the Standing Committee on New and Emerging Diseases to monitor the spread of coronavirus, in the presence of World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Tunisia Yves Souteyrand and representatives of various ministries.

During the meeting held following a field visit by the Minister at Tunis-Carthage airport, participants studied the various components of the national plan to combat the spread of this virus in coordination with all stakeholders, based on the recommendations of the WHO.

41 people died as a result of this virus recently discovered in China.

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