US airports have been thrown into chaos as new coronavirus well being screening measures for folks coming back from Europe are introduced into power.
Lengthy queues fashioned as travellers waited for hours for the screenings earlier than passing by means of customs.
Earlier, Vice-President Mike Pence mentioned a ban imposed on journey from European nations could be prolonged to the UK and Eire on Tuesday.
The US has greater than 2,700 confirmed instances, with 54 deaths.
Illinois governor JB Pritzker mentioned the lengthy traces at Chicago’s O’Hare airport had been “unacceptable”.
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The crowds & traces O’Hare are unacceptable & must be addressed [email protected] @VP since that is the one communication medium you take note of—you might want to do one thing NOW.
These crowds are ready to get by means of customs which is beneath federal jurisdiction
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 15, 2020
Folks have been tweeting photos and movies of passengers ready to be processed, forming giant crowds in airport terminals:
Passengers are being questioned about their medical histories and checked for signs.
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Appearing Homeland Safety Secretary Chad Wolf mentioned his workplace was working with airways to enhance screening occasions.
Some public well being specialists have famous that ready in crowded terminals may probably result in extra folks changing into contaminated with the virus.
On Friday, President Trump declared a nationwide state of emergency to launch $50bn (£40bn) to battle the unfold of the virus.
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