Rawalpindi: Automatic thermal scanners have been installed at airports in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar to look for signs of coronavirus among travellers coming from overseas.
Medical teams were deployed at the airport, which so far has scanned more than 6 million passengers arriving from international flights.
Initially, a thermal scanner was installed at Islamabad International Airport (IIA), after which the machines were also provided to Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore and Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar.
Thermal scanners installed at the airport will help health authorities complete the scanning of passengers in the shortest time possible.
Passengers and crew members of all international flights will be scanned to see the symptoms of the Coronavirus, and the suspected passenger will be taken to Quarantina and later transported to a government hospital for further treatment.
It is to be noted that the government has imported 5 modern scanners, out of which 4 have been installed at the airport while one scanner has been kept for use.
It is understood that after the four confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, the federal and provincial governments have taken precautionary measures to close the border with neighbouring countries and ban the educational institutions in Sindh and Balochistan province.
In this regard, the government also decided to close the Afghan border from Chaman on Monday (today).
Initially, the Pak-Afghan border on Chaman will be closed for a week and no one will be allowed to cross the border, a senior security official said.
The decision was taken by the Interior Ministry after some coronavirus cases were reported in the neighbouring country.
Meanwhile, the Sindh government had yesterday announced the closure of all educational institutions across the province after confirming two cases of Coronavirus in the province.
It should also be noted that Balochistan provincial education minister Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind also announced that all educational institutions of the province would be closed by March 15 in view of the Coronavirus.