Temperature screening to cover all flights

Temperature screening measures at airports will cover travellers on all flights into Singapore by tomorrow, it was announced yesterday.

Screening previously covered only travellers on planes from China. Changi Airport handles more than 500 arriving flights daily.

The enhanced measures to protect Singapore against the Wuhan virus were announced at a press conference, which was attended by several fourth-generation ministers.

Special attention will go to passengers from China, with newly assigned healthcare teams stationed nearby as these passengers disembark from the plane, said members of a multi-ministry task force chaired by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong.

The health teams will conduct visual checks, looking for signs of illness such as coughs or runny noses as some passengers may be ill but not have a fever.

Those who are unwell will be referred to nursing stations set up at the airport.

Signboards will be erected at aerobridges to direct travellers who have recently been to China's Hubei province or who feel unwell to these healthcare teams.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will check on passengers with passports issued in Hubei, where the city of Wuhan is located.

They will be referred for attention to ensure they are well, and their contact details collected to speed up any subsequent contact tracing that may be required.

Temperature screening has been in place at all of Singapore's land and sea checkpoints since last Friday morning.


People at the Woodlands Checkpoint yesterday. Temperature screening has been in place at all of
Singapore's land and sea checkpoints since last Friday morning. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Special attention will go to passengers from China, with newly assigned healthcare teams stationed nearby as these passengers disembark from the plane, said members of a multi-ministry task force chaired by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong.

ICA said yesterday that officers at the Changi and Seletar airports have been referring arriving Chinese nationals with passports issued in Hubei province to health screening stations for assessment since 11am last Friday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2020, with the headline 'Temperature screening to cover all flights'. Print Edition | Subscribe