Determined not to become the subject of criticism over its handling of the deadly virus, China is taking heavy MERS precautions. On Tuesday, crew wearing protective clothing escorted eight South Koreans suspected of carrying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome off a flight that had landed in Kunming.
An informer from Hong Kong, a man surnamed Hung, said that there were a total of eight Koreans on the Eastern Airline flight MU5479, which was bound from Wuhan to Kunming. They were all taken off and placed under isolation, according to a NetEase report.
He said that all passengers on the plane had to undergo temperature checks and declare any medical condition they may have had.
The airport staff distributed masks to all the other the passengers while they were alighting from the plane.
China is currently handling one MERS case, a 44-year-old South Korean patient who broke voluntary quarantine and entered the mainland after flying into Hong Kong.
The man, surnamed Kim, is under isolation in Huizhou, Guangdong province and may face legal troubles in Hong Kong after being accused of lying about his condition to airport officials.
[Images via NetEase]
By Joyce Ng