Italy ready to start health checks in train stations if necessary

This handout picture released and taken on February 5, 2020 by the Fiumicino Airport press office shows a red Cross member (L) using a thermal scanner to scan passengers arriving on all international flights at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus which has killed almost 500 people, mainly in China. (Photo by Handout / FIUMICINO AIRPORT PRESS OFFICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / FIUMICINO AIRPORT PRESS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Italy has already checked hundreds of thousands of people arriving by plane for signs of the coronavirus and is prepared to do the same for train passengers if the outbreak worsens, the head of Italy’s emergency response service says.

“In Italy we monitored 511,000 people in three days and found just eight people with a fever, so we are reassured,” the head of Italy’s Civil Protection service, Angelo Borrelli, told the Corriere della Sera. “But in the rest of the world cases are rising and we have to be prepared.”

While checks at other transit hubs such as train stations are not considered necessary at the moment, “we imagine that it could happen and therefore we’re ready, and if it were necessary we would act in a matter of hours”, Borrelli said.

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