US airports in disarray over coronavirus screening

US airports in disarray over coronavirus screening
Passengers arriving at Chicago O'Hare were having to wait for hours. Source: Christina Clancy
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Daily US Times, Chicago: US airports turned into chaos as coronavirus screening measures for people returning from Europe are brought into force.

Travelers waited for hours in long queues for the screenings before passing through customs.

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier that ban imposed on travel from European nations would be extended to the UK and Ireland which will be under effect on Tuesday.

Mr Pence also announced that coronavirus testing would be provided free for every American.

The United States has now more than 2,700 confirmed coronavirus cases with 54 deaths from the virus.

Illinois governor JB Pritzker said the long lines at Chicago’s O’Hare airport were “unacceptable”.

Many passengers have been tweeting pictures and videos of the chaos at the airports. The tweets show lots of people have been waiting to be processed, forming large crowds in airport terminals:

Passengers are being asked about their medical histories and checked for coronavirus symptoms as part of coronavirus screening while acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said his office was working with airlines to improve screening times.

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Public health experts warned that waiting in crowded terminals could potentially lead to more people becoming infected with the virus. Some speculated that the chaos could be a perfect breeding ground for coronavirus.

The US is now in a state of emergency due to severe coronavirus outbreak. Yesterday, the House released $50bn (£40bn) to fight the spread of the virus.

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