Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) assigned teams at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday to check passengers for coronavirus who reach Kabul with international flights.

The officials at the MOPH said that due to the neighborhood status of Afghanistan and China and dozens of Afghans traveling between Afghanistan and China is a source of concern for the country.

“Considering the fact that Afghanistan shares a border with China, the Ministry of Public Health has started an awareness program and it has also activated a surveillance and reporting system,” the public health ministry’s spokesman Nizamuddin Jalil said.

“Also, the minister of public health has assigned a surveillance team to airports with international flights in order to monitor passengers, and if they show the symptoms, such as fever and coughing, they should be put in quarantine,” he added.  

“We have only one flight (per week) between Kabul and Urumqi which is done by Ariana Airlines,” said Ghulam Masoom Masoomi, head of Air Traffic at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

“Besides this flight, passengers use indirect routes to China such as Delhi or Dubai or Islamabad,” Masoomi said.

Coronavirus is a killing virus originated from Wuhan city of China that has so far killed 41 people in China and over 1,300 people have globally been infected to it, international media reported.

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