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Flight from Wuhan lands here as coronavirus threat grows in China
Source : Myanmar Times View Count : 38
Jan 23, 2020
The weekly flight from Wuhan, China, landed in Yangon as usual on Thursday despite the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Chinese city, a spokesperson for Yangon International Airport said.

Sai Lon Wan, associate director of the airport’s corporate communications department, said airport authorities are closely cooperating with health officials to ensure precautionary measures are in place.

He said, “We are closely cooperating with the Airport Health Quarantine Team to monitor the health of passengers at YIA.’’

The team, from the Ministry of Health & Sports, has deployed digital scanning thermometers to check all travellers at the airport a week after the outbreak was reported in Wuhan.

U Nyan Htet Lwin, chief port officer, said in a post on his Facebook page that there was no sign of the virus among the 85 passengers on China Eastern Airlines Flight MU2659 from Wuhan that landed in Yangon.

Thirty-seven international airlines fly to 38 destinations from the airport, including 13 Chinese airlines serving 19 foreign destinations.

China Eastern Airlines operates round-trip flights to Wuhan every Thursday using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Myanmar relaxed its visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese tourists last September. Since then, China has increased the number of flights to Myanmar, and tourism between the two countries has expanded.

At the end of last year, Chinese airlines 9Air, Sichuan, China Eastern, and Hainan increased their flights from Yangon and Mandalay to Wuhan, Sichuan, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu and other cities.

TOP IMAGE: Health and airport personnel monitors arriving passengers at the Yangon International Airport. Photo - Supplied
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