Authorities in Hazmat Suits Check Passengers From Hong Kong for Coronavirus at Milan Airport

Italian health authorities in hazmat suits checked passengers arriving at Malpensa Airport in Milan from Hong Kong for symptoms of the coronavirus on January 27.

At least 81 people have died from the coronavirus as of January 27. Over 2,800 people have been infected in more than a dozen countries. Hong Kong has seen eight people become infected with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.

Brittany Clennett, who recorded this video, told Storyful that as she left the plane, she received a card warning passengers that if they suffered any respiratory symptoms within the next two weeks, they should contact the Ministry of Health in Italy. Other instructions on the card included “wear a surgical mask,” “use disposable tissues,” and regular hand-washing.

Italian health authorities implemented special control measures to prevent transmission of the virus on Thursday, January 23, according to Reuters. Credit: Britt Clennett via Storyful