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Passengers inbound from China examined at Tbilisi airport

Passengers travelling from China to Georgia are being examined for a new strain of the coronavirus that originates in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Georgian doctors are examining passengers as well as providing them with information on the symptoms of the virus upon arrival.

Particular attention is being paid to the passengers, who are arriving from high-risk regions. Photo: Georgian Heath Ministry/Facebook

The novel coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing. Its symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Head of the Georgian National Disease Control Centre Amiran Gamkrelidze stated earlier this week that there is a “low chance” that the new virus might reach Georgia.

However, health officials are following the World Health Organisation’s preventive measures.

Passengers with temperature above 38°C will be sent to hospital for further treatment. Photo: Georgian Heath Ministry/Facebook

As of now, there are now 1,372 confirmed cases of coronavirus across China, though most are concentrated in those provinces closest to Hubei, BBC reports.

Reportedly, the virus has killed at least 56 people and infected almost 2,000 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

The China Global Television Network released a video showing that the first coronavirus patient in East China’s Zhejiang Province has been reported as cured:

A 46-year-old man has become the first patient in east China’s Zhejiang Province to recover from the coronavirus. The man left the hospital on Friday after undergoing a one-week treatment.

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