Islamabad: In view of the current outbreak of coronavirus in China, Pakistan Civil aviation authority has introduced new screening measures to prevent the virus from entering the country through air travellers. The screening measures focus on screening all the passengers coming in from China to Islamabad through 17 weekly flights for possible symptoms that the deadly virus causes. At Islamabad International Airport, every passenger from a chinese flight will have to go through health counters set up by Pakistan CAA at International Arrivals level 2, where a doctor and 2 paramedics from Government Health department screen them through thermal body scanning machines and thermometers simultaneously. In case a patient is identified with the virus, he/she will be kept in isolated rooms designated by CAA for such passengers until they are further shifted to PIMS hospital to be kept in quarantine.
However, at Jinnah International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport and Bacha Khan International Airport,CAA have also installed state of art thermal scanner at arrivals for immediate identification of the infected passengers by Health officials. A quarantine room is already been provided to health department for tackling such cases as per international standards.