DPM satisfied with coronavirus screening at KLIA2


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

(From left) Dzulkefly, Wan Azizah and Lee giving a press conference after visiting KLIA2 to check on measures to screen passengers for the coronavirus. – MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

SEPANG: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visited the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and looked at measures in place to screen visitors following the coronavirus outbreak.

She said she was satisfied with the efforts by officials there.

"Our Immigration Department has taken the necessary steps to make it a smooth process but at the same time we are strict in taking steps to identify those who might have the coronavirus infections through screening.

"We will also check if there is a need to quarantine or other efforts to curb the outbreak," she told reporters after her visit here on Wednesday (Jan 29).

She was accompanied by Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud, Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik as well as other top health and Immigration officials.

Asked if there was a need for more thermal scanners, Dr Wan Azizah said the numbers of thermal scanners at the moment were enough to screen those arriving at the airport.

Earlier, she inspected thermal scanners at the arrival hall area and proceeded to distribute face masks to travellers.

Most visitors at the KLIA2 departure and arrival halls were seen wearing face masks.

Malaysia's response team at all international entry points and health facilities across the country have been put in high alert following the outbreak.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said that all health units nationwide were standing guard to safeguard from the virus outbreak, which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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