The US has announced a new plan to ‘funnel’ all passengers from the Wuhan region of China through a special screening to ensure they are not carriers of the deadly Corona Virus. As The Daily Mail reports:
The US has announced a plan to ‘funnel’ all air passengers from Wuhan, China, through one of five major airports to ensure they are screened for the killer coronavirus after the first case was diagnosed in America.
Centers for Disease Control officials outlined the ‘funneling approach’ which will see individual fliers and potentially entire planes rerouted on Tuesday after a 39-year-old American man was hospitalized with the virus in Washington state after returning home from China.
The deadly new coronavirus, a SARS-like disease, has killed 17 and sickened at least 526 people worldwide since the first cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan about a month ago.
The virus is thought to have spread into humans from a seafood market ‘which illegally traded wild animals’ in Wuhan before travelers carried it to at least five other countries – Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and the United States.
The news comes a day after the first confirmed case of the virus turned on in the mainland United States.