More airports screening passengers amid China virus outbreak

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People walk under a screen warning about a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures’ potential for success is uncertain. The sign reads “Avoid contact with patients.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(AP)- More airports are beginning to screen passengers arriving from China amid growing concerns over the outbreak of a new virus there that has already killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds.

The energy-rich Gulf Arab nation of Qatar, home to long-haul carrier Qatar Airways, said on Friday it had installed thermal scanners at its main hub.

Kuwait announced similar measures late the night before at Kuwait International Airport, joining the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which on Thursday announced screenings for all passengers arriving on direct flights from China.

Pakistan will also be screening passengers from neighboring China as a precaution.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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