China orders nationwide measures to detect virus on flights, trains, buses

China orders nationwide measures to detect virus on flights, trains, buses

BEIJING: China has ordered nationwide measures to spot and immediately isolate suspected cases of a deadly virus on trains, aeroplanes and buses, because the price and number of patients has skyrocketed.

Inspection stations are going to be found out and passengers with suspected pneumonia must be "immediately transported" to a medical centre, the National Health Commission said during a statement. The isolation of suspected cases must be followed by disinfection of the train, plane or bus.

The statement said "all departments of transportation" must "strictly" introduce prevention and control measures including screening measures in airports, railway stations, bus stations and ports. The measures apply across all transportation routes also as at customs and border inspections.

The National Health Commission said that staff serving passengers must all wear masks. The travel authority must also provide details about those in close contact with the suspected infection case, like those sitting within the same carriage. The order applies across all provinces and regions.

All areas should formulate "emergency response plans" to the outbreak including training medical staff. The announcement came because the price jumped to 41 and therefore the number of cases reached almost 1,300. In Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, the Chinese army deployed 450 medical specialists to overwhelmed hospitals.