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Budapest Airport Starts Screening All Iranian Passengers for New Virus

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.28.

Budapest’s international Liszt Ferenc Airport has started screening all Iranian passengers for the new coronavirus, operator Budapest Airport (BA) told MTI on Thursday.

There are no direct flights between Hungary and Iran, BA noted, adding that Iranians have so far been screened only if they arrived on flights from China, northern Italy and South Korea.

Airport staff takes the body temperature of Iranian arrivals when they report at passport control, BA said. If passengers’ temperature is higher than 38 C, they are isolated and taken to hospital, while the plane they arrived in and the rooms they have been in are disinfected, BA said in a statement.

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Currently, all passengers on 52 flights from China, northern Italy, and South Korea each week are checked for fever. Since January 31, 3,366 passengers and 236 crew members have been tested, BA said, adding that only one Chinese passenger had a high temperature, but further tests did not indicate Covid-19.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI