Oman readies action plan to deal with potential cases of coronavirus

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Omani authorities have revealed their plan in conjunction with the World Health Organisation to tackle any case of the new strain of coronavirus that has broken out in China.

The virus has killed dozens in China and infected nearly 2,000 people, sparking alarm that it could spread to many other countries after originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Cases have been reported in Japan, China, France, Nepal, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Airport authorities in the Gulf state are preparing to receive any cases of travellers who have the symptoms of coronavirus, which include headache, cough, sore throat, a fever and the feeling of general illness.

“Given the epidemiological situation of the novel coronavirus (nCoV – 2019) in the People’s Republic of China and the rest of the world, the Ministry of Health, along with other related organisations are prepared for the response to the outbreak of coronavirus, and to discuss with specialists and stakeholders, how to proceed in the activation of the related emergency preparedness and response plans,” a statement from Oman Airports said.

Passengers travelling to Oman will have to receive a disease disclosure form. Flight crews will be made to make passengers fill out those forms before they reach the airport.

“Across departure corridors, airport display screens will spread awareness about the new coronavirus, as well as share guidelines and tips that should be followed during travel, with the Ministry of Health providing formulation and design of display materials and Oman Airports responsible for displaying this,” said a report issued by the Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control.

The statement outlined other measures that would be put in place to combat those with coronavirus coming into contact with others.

Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital. AFP

A medical staff member (L) wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, takes the temperature of a man (R) at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

Medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against a previously unknown coronavirus arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital. AFP

People in Hong Kong wearing facemasks as a preventative measure, following a coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, ride a travelator inside a train station on the second day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat. AFP

A worker wearing protective a facemask drives his tricycle past a mural in Beijing. AFP

Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

A woman wears a mask following the outbreak of a new virus as people arrive from the international terminal at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. AP

A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective facemask to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, stands guard at the exit of the Forbidden City in Beijing. AFP

Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

People wearing facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, wait for medical attention at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

People wearing facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, wait for medical attention at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, pauses during a news conference in Hong Kong. Bloomberg

A medical staff member (C) wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walks at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. AFP

Respiratory masks will also be given to those who show any signs of contracting the virus.

“An audio alert will be issued by all airlines before landing, while passengers will be required to fill out a disease disclosure form,” added the report. “The latest states of the emerging coronavirus, as well the symptoms that accompany the disease will also be made through announcements. Travellers who’ve visited or had contact with a patient with novel coronavirus during the past 14 days, must fill out the disease disclosure form.”

Updated: January 26, 2020 05:02 PM

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