DORAL, FL – The Miami International Airport started screening passengers for coronavirus this Monday at Miami’s quarantine station, one of the 20 busiest ports of entry for international travelers.
According to Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokeswoman Indria Almedia-Pardillo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is screening passengers to contain the outbreak that has infected numerous people across the world with 5,974 cases confirmed until Wednesday.
Among the countries were cases have been reported are China, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, France, Canada, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, Germany and the United States, where 5 cases have been confirmed mostly on the west coast. The nearest confirmed case to Florida is in Illinois.
With this new measure, Miami joins the growing list of cities that are screening passengers for coronavirus at their airports to contain the outbreak such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
Miami’s quarantine station is located in Terminal D. Its jurisdiction includes all ports in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi, along with pre-clearance ports in the Bahamas.
According to the latest report, 132 people had died from the virus, which is believed to have originated in the central city of Wuhan and is spreading across the country.
Most of the confirmed cases have been in the central Chinese province of Hubei, where several cities, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, have been placed under a lockdown as reported by the New York Times.