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MERS: Temperature screening at Changi Airport

Temperature checks at Singapore's Changi Airport began on Sunday for passengers arriving from Middle East countries affected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

SINGAPORE: Temperature checks at Singapore's Changi Airport began on Sunday for passengers arriving from Middle East countries affected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The move is a pre-emptive measure by the Health Ministry to facilitate early detection of the virus.

Passengers arriving from Doha were checked on Sunday afternoon.

Travellers found to have a fever will be referred to a designated area for further clinical assessment.

Some 50,000 people arrive at Changi Airport from the Middle East every month.

On Sunday morning, some 40 passengers from Singapore going on a mini-pilgrimage to Mecca took precautionary measures.

"We have taken our two injections and we will also take care of our hygiene matters. We have also taken some Vitamin C and will take care of what we eat and of course, our surrounding as well," a pilgrim said.

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