Acsa beefs up health measures at the airports

2020-03-24 06:02
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Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) has intensified its coordinated response to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 at all its airports, including the Cape Town International.

From Wednesday 18 March, the government has placed a travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries, including Italy, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), China and Iran.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also advised all South African citizens to refrain from all forms of travel to or through the European Union, USA, UK and other identified high-risk countries.

Since the outbreak started in China earlier this year, the South African government has put in place measures to screen visitors entering the country.

Officials use thermal screening on all passengers entering South Africa, with those passengers identified as potentially infected at the airport then channelled to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NCID) for further testing.

These screening measures detect elevated temperatures, one of the signs and symptoms of the Covid-19 disease.

All screening activities are carried out by Port Health, a division of the department of health.

Since the president’s declaration of a national state of disaster on Sunday 15 March, Acsa has taken the following additional steps:

  • Additional screening measures have been updated to ensure that all passengers will have to go through a minimum of two Port Health screening points before reaching immigration.
  • All passengers are also asked to complete a questionnaire before landing to assist with detection and tracing of potential infections from high-risk areas.
  • Strict disinfection and hygiene control procedures have been implemented, particularly at arrival gates, buses and all passenger facilitation areas.
  • The number of hand sanitising stations has been increased and the cleaning schedules of high contact surfaces updated for more frequent sterilisation with ammonia and chlorine-based cleaning compounds.
  • All front-line staff members have been supplied with protective respiratory masks and gloves to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Acsa has implemented a digital and social media communications campaign, including terminal building announcements to create awareness around prevention measures.
  • These include regular hand-washing and use of sanitiser stations, keeping a social distance of at least two metres between other people as well as avoiding contact with surfaces and handshaking

  • Passengers who have questions with regards to the screening process can contact the national tollfree hotline on 0800 029 999. To check on the status of incoming and outbound flights, go to https://www.airports.co.za/utilities/live-flight-info.
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