Penang, Kedah conducting stringent checks at entry points


ALOR SETAR: The Kedah government is conducting stringent checks at two of its international entry points following the coronavirus outbreak in several Asian countries.

State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh said checks were being conducted at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex and Langkawi International Airport.

“Thermal scanners have been installed at the two entry points for many years and when such cases happen, we tighten our monitoring at these checkpoints.

“Every individual or tourist from neighbouring countries will undergo a thermal scanning process and if he or she is feeling feverish, they would be checked again before being sent to a nearby hospital for further action.

“These thermal scanners are not only available in Kedah but at every international checkpoint all over the country, ” he said.

Dr Ismail said public health clinics in the state have also activated a special counter to screen those who had been overseas, especially to China in the last two weeks.

“They can visit a public clinic near them for screening, ” he added.

Penang had also instructed its health department to be on high alert for the possibility of the spread of the virus.

Penang health committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, in a statement, had said the thermal screening would be compulsory at all gates for international flights at the Penang International Airport to ensure the spread of the virus can be contained.

It was reported that tests on four patients suspected to have contracted the Wuhan coronavirus have come back negative.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had earlier said the national Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) received a report of four suspected cases.

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