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This file pic dated Jan 15, shows Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin (right) using a special screening equipment on a passenger at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Rantau Panjang. - NSTP/File pic
This file pic dated Jan 15, shows Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin (right) using a special screening equipment on a passenger at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Rantau Panjang. - NSTP/File pic

KOTA BARU: More than 42,000 people who entered the country via three border checkpoints in Kelantan - Pengkalan Kubor (Tumpat), Bukit Bunga (Tanah Merah) and Rantau Panjang - have undergone screening as precaution against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and other diseases.

Kelantan Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said those screened were among 62,680 travellers who had entered Kelantan via the checkpoints between Jan 9 and yesterday.

According to him, the state health officers had ordered the screening tests after some people showed symptoms of fever.

"The checks were not only specifically for coronavirus but also for other diseases," he added.

Dr Zaini said the department had placed between three and four officers at the border checkpoints.

"They are told to monitor the situation closely and to check the travellers’ background properly, especially those returning from coronavirus outbreak areas," he said.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported to have said travellers found with fever symptoms would be re-checked at health quarantine centres or health facilities at the border.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses, ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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