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Phuket airport starts screening walk-ins

Phuket airport starts screening walk-ins

PHUKET: The Airports of Thailand management team operating Phuket International Airport (AoT Phuket) has posted a formal notice announcing that they have set up screening points at the entrances to both the international and domestic terminals to check people entering the facility for possible infection of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

By The Phuket News

Monday 16 March 2020, 11:55AM

The notice, posted at 8:32pm last night (Mar 15), explained that the new screening measures will come into effect today (Mar 16).

Persons found with body temperatures higher than 37.5ºC will not be allowed to enter the terminals.

Any persons found with elevated body temperatures will be rechecked by doctors and Department of Disease Control (DDC) officers at the airport.

“If they are found to have any symptoms of being infected with the virus, they will be taken to a local hospital immediately,” the notice said.

Of note, the first and most common symptoms of COVID-19 are exactly the same as those for the common cold: elevated body temperature, runny nose and a sore throat.

Only the more developed signs of the diseases include difficulty breathing and severe coughing.

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The screening points have been set up at the entrances of the terminals, as follows:

• The international terminal

  1. Entrance No. 2 and 5 of the Arrival Hall (Floor 1)
  2. Entrance No. 2 of the Departure Hall (Floor 3)
  3. Walkway between the international and domestic terminals (Floor 2)

• The Domestic terminal will have screening points at Entrance No 2 and 3 of the Departure Hall (Floor 2).

The entrance from car park building to Floor 2 of the International Terminal and to the Arrival Hall on Floor 1 of the Domestic Terminal have been closed.

The notice also suggested that to prevent missing flights, travellers are urged to arrive at the airport one to two hours hours in advance.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause,” the notice said.

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Kurt | 18 March 2020 - 00:14:05

Many walk-ins are not passengers, but just people who welcome arrivals or say good bye to departers. Even people who just want to enjoy some cool air or see a friend. Keep 'walk-ins' without a plane ticket out of the airport halls. Very simple.

Kurt | 16 March 2020 - 19:10:55

@ ematt, Wrong, Sir.  Everything done to minimise risks is good. Point is, here they start something with drums and trumpets, next whatever it fades away. On Phuket 50% is just show.  Governor looks in port on railing and seat cleaning, but the 1 meter distance rule between passengers he overlooks. ( 1 empty seat between 2 passengers). Perhaps doesn't even know about it.

Foot | 16 March 2020 - 17:28:17

 There have been, essentially, NO DEATHS from Corvid-19 in people under 50, as of March 16. Yes, you can get sick for a few days.  It's not a threat to most of the world.  Old folks, such as me, need to be careful + all efforts should be directed to the +50 year olds.
Honestly, why the panic?
Economies and countries are being destroyed all for the sake of an inflammatory news story.

Pascale | 16 March 2020 - 16:48:25

@K,they will be taken to a local hospital,as stated in the article.

ematt | 16 March 2020 - 15:53:43

Oh boy, Kurt is never going to approve of this....

Kurt | 16 March 2020 - 12:26:35

So, when found having symptoms you are taken to Phuket Governor's secret location to be in quarantine/treated?  Right?  WHO says: Openness about number of patients, treatment locations, etc., is essential to keep people to have trust in their government. Anything secret is wrong.


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