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Feb 06, 2020

900 passengers arriving from China tested for coronavirus

Passengers from China are tested for fever, and people with a body temperature of 38 C or higher are isolated for further testing.

Nearly 900 passengers arriving on direct flights from China have so far been screened for coronavirus at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport.

Passengers from China are tested for fever, and people with a body temperature of 38 C or higher are isolated for further testing. Once infection is suspected, airport emergency staff disinfect the aircraft and all areas the patient has been in contact with.

According to MTI, only one person has so far had a fever higher than 38 C, but the person proved to be uninfected with the coronavirus.

Chief public health officer Cecília Müller said that her authority is in close cooperation with the airport and provides staff for screening. Isolation of a passenger is ordered by joint decision of a doctor, a public health officer and an epidemiology inspector from the government office.

Meanwhile, three Hungarians working aboard a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan due to coronavirus are not thought to be among those infected by the virus.

The foreign ministry has also been made aware of a Hungarian national in the Philippines who is under medical observation in connection with the virus. He is waiting for the results of a lab test for coronavirus. In another case, a Hungarian with a fever in Vietnam is also under medical supervision.