Amid global alerts and preparations underway to combat a possible outbreak of the Coronavirus that has struck China, with one case yesterday discovered in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister says all a proactive approach is being effected.
In Trinidad and Tobago, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has said passengers landing at the Piarco International Airport are already being scanned for the virus. “As of today, we have started fever screening at the airport using our thermal scanners. We are targeting flights from North America, the UK and Panama,” said the Minister. He said anyone with a temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius or above will be pulled aside for questioning and asked about their travel history.
How the virus has spread
- 31 December: China alerts the WHO about a spate of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan
- 1 January: The seafood/animal market believed to be at the centre of the outbreak is closed
- 9 January: WHO says the infection is caused by a new type of coronavirus
- 11 January: First death confirmed
- 13 January: Virus spreads abroad, with a suspected case in Thailand
- 16 January: A case in Japan is confirmed
- 17 January: Second death – a 69-year-old in Wuhan
- 20 January: Number of cases triples to more than 200, and outbreak spreads to Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai; third death confirmed; Chinese officials confirm human-to-human transmission
- 21 January: US authorities announce the first case in North America – a man who had visited Wuhan
- 22 January: Death toll climbs to nine, with more than 400 cases confirmed